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This morning, a member of our synagogue raised an interesting question. Assume a congregation in Israel, which has to split the minyan in two in order to comply with precautionary measures due to the current coronavirus epidemic. There are two kohanim present. Should they go together, thus fulfilling literally the verse (Bemidbar 6:23):

דַּבֵּ֤ר אֶֽל־אַהֲרֹן֙ וְאֶל־בָּנָ֣יו לֵאמֹ֔ר כֹּ֥ה תְבָֽרְכ֖וּ אֶת־בְּנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֑ל אָמ֖וֹר לָהֶֽם׃

Speak unto Aaron and unto his sons, saying: On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel; ye shall say unto them.

Or should they go to two different minyanim, so both groups would receive the priestly blessing?

Please note that based on this verse say Sotah 38a and Orach Chayim 138:10 that in case of a single kohein the prayer leader should not call kohanim aloud (to the contrary see Yerushalmi Berakhot 5:4 and Gittin 5:9).

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    Here I fail to see the logic of Sotah, saying אמור להם refers to a plural from the kohanim side. If you can help, I'd be happy to edit in. – Kazi bácsi Mar 24 at 15:43
  • If the 2 minyonim start at different times, the kohanim can go from one to the other and duchan at both. – Avrohom Yitzchok Mar 24 at 17:37
  • @AvrohomYitzchok It wasn't the case, they had to decide it on the spot, and they didn't have time to wait and start later. – Kazi bácsi Mar 24 at 17:52

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