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Person a is an "older" baal teshuva (30-40 years plus) and grew up knowing he was a kohen. Being a kohen means that at his age there are not likely to be any baalas teshuva women he can marry and marrying someone who comes from a known "frum" family is often an obstacle and not prefered. Is it better this person look for a reason not to be a kohen such as being declared a chalal or should he just wait patiently and hope that one day he might find someone to marry?

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    Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/46019/… – Yishai Jul 13 '17 at 22:40
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    Wouldn't it just be best to seek the truth and not try to make the results be one way? – Double AA Jul 13 '17 at 22:42
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    Why shouldn't a BT marry an FFB? That seems somewhat backward to me, as an FFB Kohen myself. – Noach MiFrankfurt Jul 13 '17 at 22:45
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    He should have the emunah that Hashem has the perfect one waiting for him. (Sotah 1a) And then he should wait. – ezra Jul 14 '17 at 1:54
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    @ezra maybe hashem set this situation up so he'd check and realize he's not really a kohen – Double AA Jul 14 '17 at 3:01
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BT's born after 1975 or so are almost guaranteed to be chalalim rather than kohainim. CYLOR for the details, of course, but there probably fewer than 1,000 true kohainim from non-observant families in the entire US below the age of 50. It's not a copout or a loophole to have yourself paskened a chalal, it's an acknowledgement of your actual yichus

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    Care to say how/where you got those statistics? – Oliver Apr 29 '18 at 7:43
  • By having relations with a non-Jewish man, @Oliver, a woman becomes a zonah, unfit for marrying a kohain and producing chalal male heirs if she does. This category includes virtually all non-observant Jewish women from the Woodstock generation on. Not a judgement, just a fact. – Josh K Apr 29 '18 at 19:26
  • I see. And how'd you come up with the "1,000" figure? – Oliver Apr 30 '18 at 1:15
  • Based on my life experience having been born in a Reform family and growing up in a heavily Reform community – Josh K May 4 '18 at 1:06
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    Fair enough, @Laser123. I don't think there will be a "Zonut in the Reform Community: How Many Potential Cohenim are Disqualified?" survey anytime soon so the numbers will always be pure speculation. – Josh K May 28 '18 at 17:28

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