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The book 'Thinking aloud' records that Rav Soloveitchik was asked if a cloned human would have the halachic status of a human. He answered no. We can diffrentiate between humans and animals though, if we assume cloning has the same halacha as being made with the seffer yeyzira. There is a famous tshuva from the Chacham Tzvi, mentioned in the Mishnah Berurah, ...


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Explicit Mishna in מסכת טהרות (Ch.2 Mishna 2 and onwards) and codified by the Rambam in הלכות שאר אבות הטומאות פרק יא יב [י] האוכל רביעי שבקודש, אסור לו לאכול את הקודש; ומותר ליגע בקודש, ואינו פוסלו. אפילו תבשיל שנתערב בו הקודש, ואין בו כזית בכדי אכילת פרס--הרי זה לא ייאכל ברביעי של קודש אלא בחמישי, שהוא טהור כמו שביארנו.‏ יג [יא] האוכל שלישי ...


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Nowadays there is mostly no implication of not being Tahor (spiritually clean). Only 2 related laws still apply: A Cohen may not come in contact with a corpse, nor be under the same roof as a corpse, nor come within 4 Amot (~2 meters) of a grave. If he does, he has transgressed, and needs to repent, but no other practical consequences. Nidah - ...


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A very useful basic guide to these laws is “The Kohen's Handbook” by Rav Yochanan Alexander Lombard. On p124, 5, Rav Lombard says that a metal car does not block tumah and a moving car is called an “ohel zoruk” that does not block tumah. (He reports an opinion that a car with closed windows may protect kohanim from tumas ohel of a non-Jew.) Similarly to to ...


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To answer the 2nd half of your question: Shouldn't the ger be able to to prepare the para aduma? No. A Para Aduma can only be prepared by a Cohen. (A Ger cannot be a Cohen.) The Rambam הלכות פרה אדומה פרק א הלכה י"ג says that any Cohen can be used. אף כוהן הדיוט, כשר לשריפת הפרה--שנאמר "ונתתם אותה, אל אלעזר הכוהן" (במדבר יט,ג), ועדיין אהרון היה ...


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It's actually dependent on a disagreement between Bet Shammai and Bet Hillel. As we learned in Psachim 92a: גר שנתגייר בע"פ ב"ש אומרים טובל ואוכל את פסחו לערב וב"ה אומרים הפורש מן הערלה כפורש מן הקבר: "Somebody who coverts on Erev Pessach: Bet Shammai says he can go to the Mikveh and eat Korban Pessach at night." So Bet shammai would consider him a ...



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