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A patrilineal descendant of the biblical Aaron, a male kohen (plural kohanim) could serve in the Temple in Jerusalem when it was standing; various other laws apply to kohanim also, male and female.

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Why are there extraneous words in vaykra (Leviticus) 17:3?

I am struggling to understand VAYIKRA (Book of Leviticus) Chapter 17 (http://www.breslov.com/bible/Leviticus17.htm#3) verses 3 and 4. I have read Are there extraneous words in Torah? (Are there ...
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Can a convert become a Cohen? [duplicate]

Can a son born to a Jewish father who is a Cohen, and a non Jewish mother subsequently convert to Judaism and in the process become a Cohen?
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Can a Cohen marry a single mother?

Can a Cohen marry a single mother (who has had relations once in her life, for example, and the child’s father is Jewish)? The single mother fits all other requirements as well as being a bat cohen.
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If a Kohen donates a kidney is he considered a Bal Moom for purposes of doing an Avodah?

If a Kohen donates a kidney, is he considered a Bal Moom for purposes of doing an Avodah in the future Bais hamikdash? On the one hand, the missing organ is not visible. On the other hand, a cataract ...
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Did the high priest have a rope tied to him while he performed his duties?

There is a tradition many have heard that says the high priest had a rope tied to him on the day of atonement so that if he became incapacitated while in the most holy with the ark he could be ...
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Why don't kohanim eat terumah nowadays?

Terumah is a tithe that is given to kohanim. I have been told that kohanim are not allowed to eat terumah nowadays. Is this true? If so, why not?
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Do contemporary non-Ashkenazim give challah to a kohen in chutz la’aretz?

Rambam Hilchot Bikkurim 5:8 and 5:10 and Shulchan Aruch Yoreh De’ah 322:4-5 rule that in chutz la’aretz one can either: separate two challot, burn one and give the other to be eaten by any kohen ...
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why do kohanim make a bracha on birkat kohanim if they are safek kohanim?

If Kohanim nowadays are safek kohanim how can they make a bracha on Birkat kohanim isn't the rule "safek brachot le'hakel"?
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Why must a cohen divorce his wife if she was forced to have relations with another?

Deut. 22:29. The rapist must marry his victim if she is unwed. If I understand this commandment correctly, the woman is allowed to refuse said marriage. Furthermore, Jewish law does not forbid another ...
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If someone engaged in one of the activities that disqualify one from being King or High Priest, without pay, is he still disqualified?

In Mishneh Torah Laws of Kings and their Wars 1:6 it states (from Sefaria): ואין מעמידין מלך ולא כהן גדול. לא קצב. ולא ספר. ולא בלן [א.] ולא ברסי. לא מפני שהן פסולין אלא הואיל ואמנותן נקלה העם ...
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May a Kohen bury limbs of his 7 krovim (first degree relatives) which were removed during their lifetime?

According to the opinion that limbs removed from a live person should be buried, may a Kohen bury limbs of his 7 krovim [first degree relatives) which were removed during their lifetime?
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Does a body part taken from a dead person, and transplanted onto a live person lose its *Tumah*? [duplicate]

Does a body part taken from a dead person, and transplanted onto a live person lose its Tumah? [May a kohen enter a room where there is someone who received a body part transplant from a dead person?]...
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Fate of female captive children from Midian given to Elozor and the Leviim

Bamidbor 31 (18) allows the female captive children from the war with Midian to be kept alive. From them there had to be a 'tax' of one out of 500. One half of these was to be given to Elozor Hacohen ...
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How was Elazar HaKohen allowed to marry the daughter of Puti (Yisro)?

Rashi (quoting Sanhedrin 82b) states that Pinchas' mother was the daughter of Puti (Yisro). We know that a kohen may not marry a convert (Shulchan Aruch Even Haezer 6,8), and if a kohen does marry a ...
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Can one make the hand formation of a kohen? [duplicate]

Can one make the hand formation of a kohen if they are a yisrael? In addition,can even a kohen make that formation when he isn't blessing the congregation for no reason (excluding practice)? The ...
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Correcting a blemish to do avodah in the Bais Hamikdash

I was learning Hilchos Bias Hamikdash chapter 8 which discusses the specific blemishes of a human which disqualify a kohen fron doing avodah in the mikdash. One of the blemishes is a Unibrow(one long ...
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Birkas Kohanim when wife is a niddah

I remember seeing somewhere that a kohen whose wife is a niddah should not recite the birkas kohanim. Does anyone know where this is cited? I don't beileve anyone practices this anymore.
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Bas Cohen having relations with a non-Jew Clarification

I have seen the original question. BUT this part of the question has remained unanswered: "if a Bas Kohain had a child with a non-Jew, later divorced him (or he passed away) then marries a Kohan and ...
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Proving you are a kohen

When you ask a rabbi to perform a life-cycle ceremony, he will frequently ask for proof that you are Jewish (birth certificates, ketubot, certificates from other rabbis, etc.) But do you ever have to ...
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How did the Cohanim walk around the Mizbeach?

I'm finding it very difficult indeed to understand how the Cohanim walked around the Mizbeach on a ledge which was only one Amoh wide but was also six Amos above the floor... Seems to me that they'd ...
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Orthodox Jewish Divorce Statistics

A Kohain may not marry a divorcee. (Vayikra 21:7) I am wondering if anyone ever did statistics of Orthodox Jews and divorce to see if there is a smaller percentage of Kohanim that get divorced ...
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So what if there's no Kohen for Miriam? [duplicate]

In Rashi's second explanation of Behaaloscha 12:12, he says אִם אֵינְךָ רוֹפְאָהּ בִּתְפִלָּה, מִי מַסְגִּירָהּ,מִי מְטַהֲרָהּ? אֲנִי אִ"אֶ לִרְאוֹתָהּ, שֶׁאֲנִי קָרוֹב וְאֵין קָרוֹב רוֹאֶה אֶת הַנְּגָעִים, ...
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Is “stober” a kohen’s name? [closed]

Is the name “Stober” a Kohen’s name? Thank you for taking the time to answer this question I appreciate it.
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Hava Amina for Kohen not becoming impure for father

The Midrash questions why the Torah has to specify that a Kohen becomes impure both for his deceased father and deceased mother. Why not just write his mother? It says: [ד] יאמר "לאמו", מה תלמוד ...
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Marriage restriction for a Cohen who is pasul for service in the BHM

Do the marriage restrictions of Vayikra 21:7 apply to a Cohen who is pasul for Service in the Beit Hamikdash? (eg. He has a moom. Am not asking about a Chalal)
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Can a Kohen be called for the 4th or 7th Aliyah?

My nephew is having his Bar Mitzvah and we are a family of Kohens. My older Brother was hoping to be called for the first Aliyah and wanted to honor me with either the 4th or 7th one. The Rabbi at ...
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Qualifications for a man Reading the Torah in public

I have been told that there are conditions that a man must fulfill before he is allowed to read the Torah in public. If so, what is the halacha? What are the disqualifications? [EDITED] Example: I ...
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God as Cohen(paradigm) mentioned in my Jewish Study Bible (The Jewish Publication Society)

Hello I'm a Christian that joined the board to learn more about the background of the Bible. A decade ago, I bought a Jewish Study Bible and was intrigued by some of the ideas in the footnotes, and ...
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Giyur l'chumrah + tribal/family affiliation

Does a giyur l'chumrah keep his/her family ties and tribal affiliation? I.e. does a Kohen's son who undergoes a giyur l'chumrah continue to be a kohen and that man's son, or does he shift to Yisrael ...
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How does the Kohen determine if the Sotah's bosom is beautiful?

The Mishna in Sotah 1:5 states וְכֹהֵן אוֹחֵז בִּבְגָדֶיהָ, אִם נִקְרְעוּ נִקְרָעוּ, אִם נִפְרְמוּ נִפְרָמוּ, עַד שֶׁהוּא מְגַלֶּה אֶת לִבָּהּ, וְסוֹתֵר אֶת שְׂעָרָהּ. רַבִּי יְהוּדָה אוֹמֵר, אִם ...
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Can a kohen be born tamei?

There is a pair of kohanim in the womb. One of them dies and the other is born. Before the dead kohen leaves the womb, is the living kohen tamei or is it like he didn't exist until he was born? ...
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Hacohen and Halevi in Hebrew names

Does every Jew who is a cohen or a levi use "Hacohen"/"Halevi" in his official Hebrew name (i.e. for a religious document)? If one is the son or daughter of a cohen or a levi, does the "hacohen"/"...
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Aveilus and burial for kohanim and levi'im

Are there any special considerations for the tahara, burial, and/or aveilus for kohanim or levi'im who have passed away? We should live to see the days of Moshiach.
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Conversion — any negative implications if grandfather was a kohen?

Someone coming from a Jewish family but not halakhically Jewish (e.g., with a Jewish maternal grandfather but not grandmother) is converting through an an Orthodox conversion. That person then ...
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No Cohen - use a Levi or Yisra'el Gadol?

Mishna Berura note 9 on O.C. 135:3 says that if there is no Cohen in the shul during public Torah reading, we call up the wisest person in the shul. In many shuls that I have attended, they call up a ...
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Kohen Entering the Taj Mahal

Can a kohen enter the Taj Mahal? When visiting India is a kohen allowed to enter even certain parts of the Taj Mahal? The tombs themselves are of non-Jews, of course, and they are buried beneath the ...
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Young Priests' Finger Noise on Yom Kippur

In Mishnah Yuma 1:7, ביקש להתנמנם, פרחי כהונה מכין לפניו באצבע צרידה If he [the Cohen Gadol] sought to doze, the sprouting youths of the priesthood would strike before him with a צרידה ...
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Symbols for Shevet Levi and the Kohanim

Usually, I've seen hands in the position of nesiyat kapayim to represent Kohanim and a laver to represent other members of Shevet Levi. These are fairly common imagery. My question is whether Chazal ...
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Does the Conservative Movement uphold restrictions on marriage for Kohanim?

Does the Conservative Movement restrict kohanim from marrying divorcées and converts according to halakha? I have never heard of this coming up for Conservative Jews and most Conservative Jews that I ...
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Heter to be permitted to a Cohen after relations with a non-jew with condoms?

If a woman has relations with a non-Jew with condom use, are they still permissible to a Cohen? Does anybody have a reference to the specific heter which permits this. Edit: I know that relations ...
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If a kohen participates in a stoning is he still allowed to bless the people?

The shulchan aruch codifies that a Kohen who kills someone may not bless the people. If, in the times when the Sanhedrin administered capital punishment, a Kohen saw a situation that warranted the ...
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Is it better for someone to look for a reason they are not a kohen or not get married?

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 ...
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Do modern Jews believe in a priesthood after the order of Melchisedec?

Do modern Jews believe in a priesthood after the order of Melchisedec? Is there anything taught about it? From the Christian book of Hebrews 7:11: ...what further need was there that another priest ...
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Was the preparation of the wicks only the Kohen Gadol or all Kohanim?

Was the mitzvah of הטבת הנרות - preparation of the wicks of the Menorah incumbent solely on the Kohen Gadol or was it done by all kohanim? The Midrash Tanchuma says that after witnessing the tribe ...
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Does one need to get permission from ALL the Kohanim to recite Birkas HaMazon?

When eating a meal in the company of a Kohen, it is a mitzvah to have him lead the recitation of Birkas HaMazon (Shulchan Aruch OC 201:2; it is obligatory according to others (see Shulchan Aruch Harav ...
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Kohen visiting concentration camp [duplicate]

Looking for a book/resource to learn about kohanim visiting concentration camps in Germany. Any recommendations?
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What's the Halacha on Kohanim that lie to marry converts or divorcees?

What's the Halacha on Kohanim that lie to marry converts or divorcees? Are they permanently unable to regain their status if they divorced the forbidden relationship or are they able to regain ...
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If a father does not arrange pidyon haben for his firstborn son, what happens? [duplicate]

If a father does not arrange pidyon haben for his firstborn son, what happens? Is the son by default given to service of the Kohanim? Is it the duty of the son to become a rabbi?
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Is Redeeming the Firstborn Son Optional?

Are there any early Judaic sources that discuss whether all firstborn sons HAVE to be redeemed, or can any firstborn son be dedicated as a priest - and NOT redeemed? Note: Like, the Tannaim, the ...
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Is a Kohen Allowed to Receive an Organ Donation?

A Kohen is forbidden from becoming Tamei Meis (coming in contact with a dead body) (Vayikra-21) Aside from being allowed for Pikuach Nefesh reasons (life threatening situation). What other reasons ...