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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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Bamidar Rabbah 4: וַיַּעַשׂ ה' אֱלֹהִים לְאָדָם וּלְאִשְׁתּוֹ כָּתְנוֹת עוֹר וַיַּלְבִּשֵׁם, בִּגְדֵי שֶׁבַח הָיוּ, וְהָיוּ הַבְּכוֹרוֹת מִשְׁתַּמְּשִׁין בָּהֶם...מֵת נֹחַ וּמְסָרָן לְשֵׁם, וְכִי …
answered Jun 11 by Joel K
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Shulchan Aruch Even HaEzer 6:1 (all translations from sefaria.org): A priest if forbidden from the Torah to marry a divorced woman, a harlot [zonah], or a challalah (a woman of invalid priestly li …
answered Nov 11 '18 by Joel K
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Rashi on Zevachim 101b (in some texts) understands the gemara to derive a principle that after Pinchas' act of peacemaking between the tribes, only descendants of Pinchas would be appointed as High Pr …
answered 19 hours ago by Joel K
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According to this shiur by R. Yosef Carmel (see footnote 15), the assisting Kohen would hold on to either the stones on the shoulder straps of the ephod or the front of the stones of the choshen. The …
answered Apr 14 by Joel K
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Rambam, Hilchot Klei HaMikdash 8:5: כָּל בֶּגֶד מִבִּגְדֵי כְּהֻנָּה שֶׁנַּעֲשׂוּ צוֹאִין אֵין מְלַבְּנִין אוֹתָן וְאֵין מְכַבְּסִין אוֹתָן אֶלָּא מַנִּיחָן לִפְתִילוֹת וְלוֹבֵשׁ חֲדָשִׁים. וּבִגְ …
answered May 6 by Joel K