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What happened to Leviim as teachers?

In the Torah it seems pretty clear that the Kohanim/Leviim were supposed to be the teachers and moral guides of Bnei Yisrael (e.g., Devarim 33:10): יוֹרוּ מִשְׁפָּטֶיךָ לְיַעֲקֹב וְתוֹרָתְךָ ...
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In Numbers 4:32 was each son of Merari responsible for a single part of the tabernacle?

In the census of Numbers 4, the workmen available were 3,200: JPS Numbers 4: 42And those that were numbered of the families of the sons of Merari, by their families, by their fathers’ houses,...
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Where did the Leviim stand during the Blessings and Curses?

Did the Leviim stand on Mount Gerizim, or between the two mountains--in Shechem--or some of both? (Compare the linked chumash with "The area between the two mountains is enclosed, the Ark is situated ...
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Who pronounced the Curses?

In the blessings and curses in Ki Tavo, who pronounced the curses: the Levi'im, Yeshoshua, or both?
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Rashis unknown family

Rashi in parshas Pinchos (Bamidbar 26,13) with regards to a son of Shimon which was missing from the previous count in Parshas Bamidbar quotes the Yerushalmi which addresses this question: משפחת ...
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Why are the cities Reuven gave to the Leviyim not listed in Yehoshua?

In most versions of Yehoshua, when detailing the cities each Shevet gave to the Leviyim, Reuven's cities are missing. (Some versions add them after 21:35, but the conclusion of the Radak followed by ...
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Does anyone say the “extra” pesukim in Yehoshua about the cities from Reuven belong there?

Some versions of Yehoshua, including Sefaria, print two extra pesukim (identical to the ones in Divrei Hayamim) about the cities that Shevet Reuven gave to the Leviyim. The Radak, quoted by the ...
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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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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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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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In Bamidbar 4:3 they had to be 30 yrs old; in Bamidbar 8:24 they were 25 yrs old; why?

Bamidbar 4:3 "...from thirty years old and above even to fifty years old, all who enter the service to do the work in the tabernacle of meeting." Bamidbar 8:24 "...from twenty-five years old and ...
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Ki Tisa with no Kohen

The first two aliyot of Ki Tisa are very long. This is to ensure that a Levi has the aliyah about the golden calf, since his ancestors didn't participate. Yesterday I was in a shul with no kohen. ...
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Could a Levi be the one who leads Birkas Kohanim?

In Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim, Siman 128 Sif 22, the Mechaber writes that, regarding Birkas Kohanim, "we attempt to have the caller [i.e. the one who says the words of the Bracha before the Kohanim] ...
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What if a Levite acquired property?

In Biblical times, the tribe of Levi owned no land. There were other provisions for their upkeep. What if a Levite man married a non-levite woman who owned property. Or what if a Levite man made a ...
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Kohanim and Leviyim switching roles in the future

I once was told that at the time of Moshiach, the kohanim will become leviyim, and the leviyim will become kohanim with regards to their service in the third temple. I was told it was because Moshe ...
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Were there Bigdei Leviim (and if not why not?), what did the Leviim wear in the Mishkan?

Were there Bigdei Leviim (special clothing for the Leviim)? If not why did they not have any? They were in the public eye, as were the Kohanim, and all people in a royal court have a specific costume ...
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Why was the division between Leviim and Israelim so clear cut when Moses called out for those who were with God?

When Moses declared that those who were with God should come to him, how could it be that A) No-one except the Levites joined him and B) Absolutely all the Levites joined him? Only the Levites ...
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about scar and people of God [closed]

Is it true that God did put a spiritual mark on His people? If true I would like to know if a Levi is able to see this spiritual scar.
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Musical Instruments of the Levi'im

Does there appear anywhere in Torah Sheb'al Peh a sufficiently detailed description of the musical instruments played by the Levi'im in the Beit Hamikdash that they could theoretically be ...
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Should Cohanim and Levi'im prioritize their knowledge and study of sacrificial laws, today?

My understanding of Mashi'ach related to this question: According to one of Maimonides's principles, we are to expect it to come at any time The Temple will be rebuilt and sacrifices will be offered, ...
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Are there leviyim in the Beta Israel Community?

Are there leviyim in the Beta Israel Community? If so, how does their role in the Beta Israel Community differ from other Jewish Communities? (Do they get the second aliyah, etc.)
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What is the source for the role of the Levi in the Torah service?

Torah and Talmud discuss the role of the Levi in the temple. There seems to be no source for the role of the Levi (going up to the Torah second, after the Cohen) in today's Torah service. Where did ...
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Limud for Levi not being part of the spies

Devarim 1:23 reads: וַיִּיטַב בְּעֵינַי הַדָּבָר וָאֶקַּח מִכֶּם שְׁנֵים עָשָׂר אֲנָשִׁים אִישׁ אֶחָד לַשָּׁבֶט׃ And the matter pleased me; so I took twelve men from you, one man for each ...
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Did Moshe give 1/50 of the donkeys, sheep and cattle to the Levi'im?

Numbers 31:30 says: (Sefaria.org translation), describing G-d's command to Moshe: וּמִמַּחֲצִ֨ת בְּנֵֽי־יִשְׂרָאֵ֜ל תִּקַּ֣ח ׀ אֶחָ֣ד ׀ אָחֻ֣ז מִן־הַחֲמִשִּׁ֗ים מִן־הָאָדָ֧ם מִן־הַבָּקָ֛ר מִן־...
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What did the Levi'im sing in the Bet Hamikdash?

From Talmud Tamid 7:4 we know that each day, the Levi'im sang a different Psalm. What else did they sing? Did they sing the same Psalms daily, and did they use the same tunes?
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Did the Levi'im who sang in the Temple have choir practice?

I understand that the Levi'im sang in the Bet Hamikdash. Considering that both of them lasted several hundred years, they undoubtedly went through numerous rounds of Levi Singers (sounds like a rock ...
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Is it correct that a kohen could not be Moshiach?

We know that Moshiach will be a descendant of the House of David. We know for various reasons that David was not a kohen (he was the great-grandson of a convert; he was from the tribe of Judah). This ...
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Did people who were not priests or Levites enter the Tabernacle for ritual purposes?

(Note: I am posting this more specific follow-up to a previous question based on the recommendation of Isaac Moses here.) Aaron and his descendants were designated as priests to do the ritual service ...
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How do you decide how the aliyos should be arranged when there are not sufficient yisroelim in a minyan?

(This is a question based on an event. A shaaloh was asked. The object of the question is to examine the underlying reasons for the dinim in the situation.) A family minyan meeting once only on ...
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How did the Levites erect the mishkan at each stop if they couldn't the first time?

In Exodus 39:32–33, the Jews finished building the various parts of the Tabernacle and brought them to Moses. The commentary of Rashi: They brought the Tabernacle, etc., because they couldn't ...
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Why don't Kohanim and Levi'im thank Hashem for not making them regular Israelites?

As answers to Why don't we thank God for making us men/women? say, men thank Hashem for not making them a woman because the obligations or mitzvot that a man has is greater in number than that of ...
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Can two Levi'im be called up for Torah reading?

This morning (an ordinary Thursday) at shul, the gabbai called up a Kohein (good), then a Levi (good), and then a second Levi. What?? Just to say, there were plenty of Yisraelim who could have been ...
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What did Levites do before they turned 30?

The book of B'midbar (Numbers) tells us that the Levites served in the temple from either the age of 25 (8:24) or 30 (4, various verses), until they were 50. What did they do the rest of the time? Did ...
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Must Shevet Levi Follow Dina Demalchusa Dina In The Land Of Israel?

The Ran in Nedarim (28a) states: "The Law of Dina Demalchusa only applies to a non Jewish King, for the land is entirely his, and he can say if you do not follow my edicts I will banish you from the ...
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Why do people keep saying 12 tribes of Israel when there are 13?

The Encyclopædia Britannica article “Twelve Tribes of Israel” says (emphasis added), Jacob’s first wife, Leah, bore him six sons: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun. Each was the ...
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Did women and Levites survive the 40 years in the wilderness?

In Bamidbar 14:29-30 God decrees the consequences of the people believing a bad report from the spies: בַּמִּדְבָּר הַזֶּה יִפְּלוּ פִגְרֵיכֶם וְכָל-פְּקֻדֵיכֶם, לְכָל-מִסְפַּרְכֶם, מִבֶּן ...
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Who gets shelishi if there are no Israelim?

Imagine that the Cohen family reunion is on a Monday. A minyan is planned with a sefer Torah. However, the gabbai, a kohen, looks around and sees that the minyan has nine kohanim and one levi - who ...
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When the Leviim guarded the temple, did they sit down?

In Tamid 25b, at the end of the explanation for the term "היו עליות", Rashi writes that no one, except from members of the House of David, could sit down in the Azarah. The Cohanim stood "above" Beit ...
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Levi'im drinking from the ground-up golden calf waters

Moshe made everyone drink from the ground-up golden calf waters (Sh'mos 32:20). Did he force the Levi'im as well?
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Who got the matnas kahunah before the Egel?

In the beginning the Avodah (service) of Karbonos was with the bechor (first-born -- see the mishnah in the last perek of Zevachim. The avodah was done by the bechorim until the Mishkan was built) ...
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Can a non-Yisrael get Maftir Yonah?

At the Torah Service on Yom Kippur Mincha, can a Kohen or a Levi be called up to read Maftir Yonah (Book of Jonah)? The "maftir" aliyah is also the third aliyah which in general goes to a Yisrael, not ...
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Korach's progeny

In Parshas Pinchas it says that the children of Korach did not die. Is there anyone alive today that is aware that they are from the descendents of Korach?
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Why is Korach's rebellion referred to as בְּנֵי לֵוִי?

In Bamidbar 16:7, Moshe chastises Korach and his congregation saying, רַב לָכֶם בְּנֵי לֵוִי. However, other than Korach himself being from Levi, the rest of the co-conspiritors seemed to be mainly ...
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Source for bechorot losing/reclaiming priesthood

At a parshat hashavua shiur that I regularly attend, the rabbi has stated on multiple occasions that the bechorot (firstborn sons of Israel) were supposed to serve the purpose that the Leviim and ...
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Levi does not want to wash Kohen's hands

Suppose there is only one Levi in Shul and he does not want to leave the Shul to wash the Kohain's hands since he will lose the Amein's during the time he is out of the Shul. Should the Levi be ...
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Why don't we distribute Ma'aser Rishon or Ma'aser 'Ani nowadays?

Produce grown in the Land of Israel has to have Teruma, two of three different kinds of Ma'aser, and Terumat Ma'aser removed, as described in this OU Kosher article. Of these five separations, three - ...
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When there is no Levi, why do we call up the SAME Kohen “bimkom Levi” - “in place of a Levi.”

The Torah.org halakha class says, If a kohen is present in the synagogue, he must be called to receive the first aliyah. After the Kohen, a Levi is called. If a Levi is not present, the same ...
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42 camps and 42 non-refuge Levite cities (Masei)

What is the significance of the numerical correspondence between the 42 camps or waypoints mentioned in the recounting of the forty years of wandering (Bamidbar 33) and the fact that 42 of the 48 ...
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Does 'Levi-' as half of a surname indicate a family of Levites?

I've come across a number of surnames of the form Levi-[Something]: Tullio Levi-Civita was from an Italian Jewish family. Claude Lévi-Strauss was from an Alsatian Jewish family. Rita Levi-Montalcini ...