We know that a כהן may only marry a woman who was not divorced.

However what about a case where a woman got married then got divorced but never had relations.

Is she still fit for a cohen because technically she's a virgin?

  • you mean kohen gadol? – ray May 11 '14 at 8:11
  • I edited out the false premise. – Danny Schoemann May 11 '14 at 8:25
  • What was the intended question? Was it if a Gerusha Betula works for the Aseh of a Kohein Gadol? – Double AA May 11 '14 at 8:56
  • @DannySchoemann Usually the way to respond to false premeses is by answering them. – Double AA May 11 '14 at 16:11

Explicitly forbidden in the Rambam (Isurei Bi'a Ch.19:2)

שכל נשואה בחזקת בעולה, אף על פי שנמצאת בתולה

She is forbidden to any Cohen once she was divorced. As the Ramabm states ibid (17:13) that even if she was divorced after the Eirusin, the is forbidden to a Cohen.

אחת גרושה מן האירוסין, או מן הנישואין

  • "Becheskas be'ula", but what if we know for sure that she is a besula, e.g. she was under 3 years old at the time of the get? – Adám May 11 '14 at 13:42
  • @NBZ - actually that part of the answer was before we edited the question; and then you'd be correct, if I'm reading the Rambam correctly. But as the question stands now, I don't see any difference in the Rambam - regarding divorcees - whether they are under or above 3 years old. – Danny Schoemann May 11 '14 at 14:06
  • Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/38079/3073 – Adám May 11 '14 at 15:56

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