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The Talmud in Masechet Pesachim 49a states that a bat kohen marriage to an Israelite am Haaretz is not a Seudat mitzvah. My question is, are there any other areas of Halacha where this situation is different, such as the restriction on melacha for a week (or 3 days), simchat Chattan v’kallah, and Sheva berachot?

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  • "The Talmud in Masechet Pesachim 49a states that a bat kohen marriage to an Israelite am Haaretz is not a Seudat mitzvah." That's inaccurate. It actually says a Seudah is not a Seudat Mitzvah "in a case [where] the daughter of a priest (bat Kohen) [is married] to an Israelite (le-yisrael), or [where] the daughter of a Torah scholar (bat talmid chakham) [is married] to an ignoramus (le-am ha-aretz)".
    – Tamir Evan
    Mar 22 at 12:13

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It seems from the commentators that it's only referring to the aspect of Seudas Mitzva, since the union is deemed a slight to the Cohanic dynasty by sullying it with an ignoramus. There's no Mitzva in participating in such a party.

Rashi for example (רש"י על פסחים מ״ט א:י״ב:ב׳) says אין זווגן עולה יפה - במזל טוב - it's going to be an unfortunate union. He does not say it's an invalid or incomplete union or that any wedding-related Halacha is suspended.

Note: The Meiri mentions that a wedding between 2 ignoramus non-Cohanic families would be a Seudas Mitzva.

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    "... since the union is deemed a slight to the Cohanic dynasty by sullying it with an ignoramus." Should that be "...since the union is deemed a slight to the Cohanic dynasty by sullying it with an Israelite", as the text says "בת כהן לישראל"?
    – Tamir Evan
    Mar 22 at 12:17

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