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We know that a Kohen hedyot may marry a woman who is not a giyoret, gerushah, challalah, or zonah (Lev. 21:8) and that the Kohen Gadol may only marry a betulah (ibid. 13).

Given this, what would happen were the Kohen elevated to the status of Kohen Gadol married to an almanah ?

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  • Yehoshua Ben Gamla did it and Chachamim agreed
    – kouty
    May 29 at 20:25

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Yevamot 6:4 tells us that even if a kohen had only betrothed (eres) a widow before being appointed kohen gadol, he is subsequently permitted to consummate the marriage.

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