A footnote in this question states that the tongue is one of the parts of the animal which is given to Kohanim. This led me to wonder if a non-Kohein may purchase or eat tongue? I have seen tongue for sale at kosher butchers before.


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The tongue has no inherent holiness. The Kohein may sell it or even give it as a gift to whomever he wants (even a non-Jew). (ShA YD 61:13)

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    Does the shochet or butchery need permission from a kohen to sell, seeing as it is his property. Commented Jul 31, 2014 at 21:11
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    @NoachmiFrankfurt If a seller has a Hashgacha worth its salt then it has ensured that there is no theft occurring. If you want to know upon which Halachik mechanism it relies you should ask the Hashgacha.
    – Double AA
    Commented Jul 31, 2014 at 21:24
  • Because it's not holy and strictly monetary, upon butchering a cow I can say "prove to me that you're a kohen and I'll give this to you." As no one is making such a claim, I can eat -- or sell -- the tongue.
    – Shalom
    Commented Feb 20, 2019 at 19:54
  • @Shalom similarly a Kohen can walk into a butcher shop, pick up the tongue on the shelf, and tell the owner to prove he's not a Kohen before walking out without paying... but seriously the real Halakha is you don't need to be a Kohen Meyuchas to claim the tongue so yes lots of people can claim it.
    – Double AA
    Commented Feb 20, 2019 at 19:58
  • @DoubleAA is that the same as Takfo Kohen?
    – Shalom
    Commented Feb 20, 2019 at 20:31

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