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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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If a female kohenet is considered a zonah would it impact her ability to marry a male kohen?

I'm seeing very conflicting opinions on this issue, so I thought to ask.
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Does Birkat kohanim have to be read with the trop

According to Halacha, is it required for a Kohen reciting Birkat kohanim to recite it in the trop/cantillation notes, or no? Are there different opinions on this by custom (Ashkenazi, Sephardi, ...
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Connection between Yitro and Malchizedek?

I remember reading somewhere a comparison between Yitro and Malchizedek. Saying they were both Goyish Kohanim who where with אברהם ומשה. Are there any sources that associate these two figures? What ...
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Source for Korbanos Tzibbur being made by ישראלים

The כלי חמדה in his first piece on Parshas Bamidbar mentioned a concept of כל היכא דאפשר לאהדורי אטהרה מהדרין.loosely translated, whenever possible we try to find (use) the most Tahor. In the context ...
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Sources on the house of Ithamar before and after the Babylonian exile

According to Ezekiel 44, the sins of the house of Ithamar contributed to the exile of the Jewish people to Babylon. I'm interested in learning more about: What specific sins are attributed to the ...
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Who has a priority in Kibbud, a talmid Chacham or a kohen

According to Halacha, who has a priority in Kibbud, a talmid Chacham or a Kohen? Halacha obligates Jews to honor both, so if there is a dispute about which one a Jew can honor, which one should they ...
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If a kohen donates sperm to a convert or divorcee, is the child a kohen

According to Halacha, If a Kohen decides to donate sperm to a convert or divorcee, is the child conceived through that a Kohen or no? The reason I ask is become some Poskim, such as R Moshe Feinstein,...
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Kohen saying the Nasi

From the begining of Nissan we say the daily nassi. This includes kohanim and leviim even though their tribe isn't one of the tribes that brought sacrifices. Why do they say it and why do they say the ...
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Why are Kohanim not careful about contracting Tummas Meis from other live individuals?

Most (see for example the Tur and the Shulchan Aruch Y"D 369) rishonim (notably excepting the Raavad) hold that even in our time, kohanim are prohibited from contracting טומאת מת "anew" ...
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Is Peter chamor done if the owner of the first born donkey is a kohen or Levite

According to Halacha, if a first born male donkey is owned by a kohen or Levite is Pidyon peter chamor required? Or no is it exempt because of the owner’s status?
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If a bat kohen marries an Israelite am haaretz do the usual laws of Chattan/kallah not apply

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 ...
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Why didn't ben-Qattin redesign the Kiyor to have more than 12 spigots?

In Yoma 37a and Zebhahim 20a we learn that: בן קטין עשה שנים עשר דד לכיור אף הוא עשה מוכני לכיור שלא יהיו מימיו נפסלין בלינה Ben-Qattin made twelve spouts for the laver; he also made wheels [pulleys] ...
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Are Levites obligated to give foreleg, cheeks and maw

According to Halacha are Levites obligated to give a kohen the foreleg, cheeks, and maw of a Shechita’d animal? Or no, due to their unique lineage are they exempt from the requirement?
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Blood on Right Earlobe, Right Thumb, and Right Big Toe

There is a ritual in the Bible in which blood from a sacrifice is applied to the right earlobe, right thumb, and right big toe of people. The ritual is done for Aaron and his sons during their ...
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Was a "rebellious son" ever executed?

The Torah tells us that a rebellious son (בֵּ֚ן סוֹרֵ֣ר וּמוֹרֶ֔ה) must be put to death. [Deuteronomy 21:18-21] The Talmud [Sanhedrin 71a] says: "This never happened and never will." But ...
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Connection between hair and maturity

Rav Yonasan Aibshitz (in Ahavas Yehonasan on the Haftorah of Emor), writes that growing hair is connected to preventing lust, (like we find by a Nazir), and cutting one’s hair is connected to wisdom (...
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Can a Kohen refuse Pidyon Haben money

According to Halacha, first born (naturally born) Jewish non-kohen/non-levite boys need to be redeemed to a Kohen through Pidyon Haben. My question is, can a Kohen refuse the 5 Shekels at the Pidyon ...
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Can the son of a kohen born to a non-observant giyores be called up to the first Aliya

Can a son of a kohen that married a non-observant giyores be called up to the Torah for the first Aliya?
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The level of a High Priest

Horayot 13a - "But if there were a mamzer who is a Torah scholar and a High Priest who is an ignoramus, a mamzer who is a Torah scholar precedes a High Priest who is an ignoramus, as Torah wisdom ...
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Does a kohen have to marry a convert or divorcee he rapes

According to Halacha, if a kohen rapes a convert or divorcee must he marry her? Or is he Petur from this law since he is otherwise prohibited from marrying a divorcee or a convert?
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Blowing the trumpets during individual calamity

Numbers 10:9 command kohanim blow silver trumpets during war, the Sefer Hachinuch codifies it during times of calamity in general. My question is, if kohanim know individuals or small groups or family ...
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Angelic wrestling and the intergenerational transmission of rights and priestly duties

In Gen. 32:26, during Ya'aqobh's struggle with a malakh (angel/emissary), he is struck. The Ba'al ha-Turim there offers two explanations for the location that the malakh chose to strike his body. The ...
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Kohanim hand symbol

When I was a kid I always heard that only kohanim are able to do the 🖖🏻 hand position on both their hands. Leaving the “b-b-but I can do this and I’m not a kohen” comments aside, what’s the deal ...
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Lying to prevent offense

Is one permitted to lie to a woman by saying that he's a kohen and therefore unable to marry her, thus preventing him from offending/embarrassing her about the reason he refused her? Are there ...
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Kohain First Aliya a Requirement?

I daven on Shabbos in a minyan where I am the only kohain and most often there is no Levi. I feel uncomfortable receiving a disproportionate amount of aliyas and feel that it takes away from others. ...
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Minimum number of Kohanim and Leviim

When the Beit hamikdash (temple in Jerusalem exists), and the sacrifices etc. all happen, is there a minimum number of kohanim and leviim obligated to serve in the temple? If so what, and what is the ...
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On the status of Melchizedek as a Kohen [closed]

In Genesis 14:18 it is stated that "And MelchiZedek, king of Shelem, brought out bread and wine and he was a Kohen to the Most High God." A number of questions arise from this: How is it ...
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Why can't we look at Birkat Kohanim if the Kohanim are covered by a tallit?

The Peninei Halacha writes (here) that: He should not look at the Kohanim or at anything else, so as not to distract his thoughts from the berachah (Shulchan Aruch 128:23; Mishnah Berurah 89). The ...
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Kohanim on Rosh Hashanah [closed]

Is it permissible to have the same kohen have a Torah Aliyah in two different rooms? Is it permissible to have the same kohen duchen in two different rooms?
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Why was the Priesthood hereditary?

Can anybody share any sources that discuss the question of why the Priesthood was hereditary? There are plenty of sources that discuss why, specifically, the family of Aaron was chosen for that honor -...
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kohanim mikvah after bathroom

Rabbi Shlomo Calerbach says kohanim would go to the mikvah after going to the bathroom And that Rav Yoel the satmar Rebbe also did this Looking for written sources for both of these ideas https://...
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Can a Kohen come in contact with any corpse in order to reach a Meis Mitzvah?

If there is a Meis Mitzvah, and the only way to get to it is by becoming impure by another corpse - not a Meis Mitzvah - is a Kohen allowed to do so?
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Cheating cohen before a get

If a Cohen cheats on his wife and has sexual encounters with other women beside his wife before giving a get, is he still permitted to duchen and perform duties?
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Pidyon ha-Ben on multiple occasions? Blessing or not?

I once heard that a certain figure (I believe the GR"A but may be mistaken) made sure to redeem his son from different Kohanim upon meeting them at different junctures in his life. The idea being ...
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Is there a special blessing for wearing the Bigdei Kehuna?

Would the Kohanim recite a blessing upon wearing the Bigdei Kehunah, and if yes, what was it, and would they recite a blessing for each garment individually, or one for all of them?
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Is there a prohibition for a non-kohen to wear the clothing of a kohen?

Is there any mention of a rule which does not allow a non kohen from wearing the official clothing of a kohen - or kohen gadol?
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Where King Achashverosh got the priestly vestments

Springboarding off a previous question asked here: Where did King Achashverosh get the clothing of the Kohen Gadol? The same can be asked about the utensils from the Beis Hamikdash, which were used ...
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Can a Kohen go on a cruise ship?

I heard that it is very common for people to die on cruise ships. So common that I understand all cruise ships have a crematorium. Since most of the people on cruises are usually old and some of them ...
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Tumat met on the London Underground

Apparently part of London's subway network causes problems for kohanim because it is underneath a museum that includes human remains: Due to the Science Museum and the Underground entrance sharing ...
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Where is the Halacha about a single available Cohen committing a crime?

There is a Halacha about one unique Cohen remaining in Eretz Yisrael and the consequence were he to commit a crime. I am seeking the original source as I only have a translation: If there was only ...
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Why do Ethiopian Jews who practice Haymanot Judaism still have roles like Nabiyy (Prophet) or Kahen or Kes (Priest)? How are they allowed this?

Please correct me if I'm wrong, but since the destruction of the Second Temple, (G-d, blessed be He, forbid), the roles such as that of a Priest/High Priest and the like, were removed and similar ...
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Aaron's sons and intoxication

One interpretation of the death of Aaron's sons is they were intoxicated while bringing alien incense offerings. The prohibition of a Kohen being intoxicated is given after this tragic event. My ...
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Moshe taught Aharon the services of the Mishkan

I heard that Moshe Rabeinu taught Aharon Hacohen and his sons how to perform the services of the Mishkan during the first seven days after it's inauguration. Is this correct? If so, where is it ...
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firstborn status after the arrival of the moshiach

The Ohr Hachaim (Bamidbar 3,45) says a chiddush that seems to not have any obvious source, that לעתיד לבא (after the arrival of mashiach) the Avoda in the Beis Hamikdash will return to the firstborn! (...
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Is it possible for there to be Kohanim & Levyim that are not Jewish? [duplicate]

Due to the fact that Jewishness is determined by matrilineal descent and priesthood by patrilineal descent.
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Does a child who is adopted by a Kohen inherit Kohen status? [duplicate]

Would such a child (non Jewish) who is adopted and converts inherit any status from his father? Has any posek ruled on this? Is there halacha for this?
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Gerusha who marries a Kohen

I’m currently learning the Halachos of Aveilus with a Chavrusah and we discussed the following question if a gerusha who marries a Kohen and he dies, does she sit shiva and observe the mourning period ...
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Kohanic in vitro Pregnancy

I have the following theoretical questions, from many I’ve met and even a real case of someone very special I met in a hostel in Israel. My assumptions are between parentheses after the list item. ...
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Does treating a cohen's blemish permit him to serve?

The Rambam lists 140 blemishes that invalidate a cohen from serving (Hilchot Biyat Mikdash, perek 8). There are some that appear to be genetic traits that cannot be (easily) treated without extensive ...
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Can an elderly Kohen have a relationship with a concubine? [closed]

There is no marriage Min Hatorah. There will be no children. Rav Yaacov Emden seems to permit this. The reason is that widows are too rare and not easily available, causing other sins
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