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

The Tosfos Yom Tov on this Mishnah, asks a different question, which might be able to shed light on yours. He asks that if there are 12 spigots, you need 12 Amos circumference, so that 12 people can ...
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Cheating cohen before a get

The Shulchan Aruch (O.C.128:39) does not include this on its list of disqualifications, and then goes on to add: "If he does not have any of the disqualifying factors for the priestly blessing, ...
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Why are Kohanim not careful about contracting Tummas Meis from other live individuals?

See Rambam Hilchot Evel 3:1-2. The prohibition is for a kohen to come into "contact" (via maga, masa or ohel) with a corpse or part of a corpse (which is capable of imparting tum'ah). There ...
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Where King Achashverosh got the priestly vestments

Refer to Rashi on the Gemara there in Megilla 12 בגדי כהונה - שהיו בידו שם בגדי כהן גדול שהביאן מירושלים The priestly vestments: Since he had in his hand there, the vestments of the high priest that ...
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Is there a special blessing for wearing the Bigdei Kehuna?

Q1: Would the Kohanim recite a blessing upon wearing the Bigdei Kehunah R. Yaaqobh Greenwald's Beer Yaaqobh (p. 192): ומצינו בארצות החיים סי' יט שכתב בפשיטות שמברכים על לבישת בגדי כהונה אמנם בנחל ...
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The level of a High Priest

See (for example) Yoma 8b, where it is explained that during the Second Temple period the office of the High Priest was sold to the highest bidder, such that an ignorant High Priest was, unfortunately,...
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Can a Kohen refuse Pidyon Haben money

A Kohen has the ability to refuse to accept the money of the Pidyon Haben. However, the Pidyon Haben may take effect regardless. Ketzos HaChoshen (243:4) quotes Pri Chadash (Kuntras Mayim Chaim) that ...
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Are Levites obligated to give foreleg, cheeks and maw

Rambam Hilchot Bikkurim 9:8 writes that the law in this case is in doubt. Therefore we don’t take these gifts from a Levite, but if a Kohen does take them we don’t make him return them. Shulchan Aruch ...
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Can the son of a kohen born to a non-observant giyores be called up to the first Aliya

As @Deuteronomy and others have commented, see here, Shulchan Aruch HaRav Any child who was born from parents who were in a Biblically Kehuna prohibited relationship, whether within wedlock or out of ...
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Does a kohen have to marry a convert or divorcee he rapes

He may not marry her. See Mishneh Torah, Na'arah Besulah 1:5: היתה אנוסה זו אסורה עליו אפלו מחיבי עשה ואפלו שניה הרי זה לא ישאנה If the girl he raped was forbidden to him, even if the prohibition ...
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Is there a prohibition for a non-kohen to wear the clothing of a kohen?

I have not seen an explicit rule against a non-kohen from wearing the bigdei kehuna . However, based off the Rambam (Klei Mikdash 8:11) and Tosfos (Yoma 69a) it seems that a non-kohen would be ...
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Is Peter chamor done if the owner of the first born donkey is a kohen or Levite

They are exempt. (Mishna Bekhorot 1:1)
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Who has a priority in Kibbud, a talmid Chacham or a kohen

Interestingly your question is an explicit mishna in Horayot 3:8 A priest precedes a Levite. A Levite precedes an Israelite. An Israelite precedes a son born from an incestuous or adulterous ...
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If a kohen donates sperm to a convert or divorcee, is the child a kohen

The Rabbi responding below leans toward considering the boy a kohen https://din.org.il/2015/11/16/%D7%90%D7%99%D7%A9%D7%94-%D7%94%D7%A4%D7%A1%D7%95%D7%9C%D7%94-%D7%9C%D7%9B%D7%94%D7%95%D7%A0%D7%94-%D7%...
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If a bat kohen marries an Israelite am haaretz do the usual laws of Chattan/kallah not apply

It seems from the commentators that it's only referring to the aspect of Seudas Mitzva, since the union is deemed a slight to the Cohanic dynasty by sullying it with an ignoramus. There's no Mitzva in ...
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Pidyon ha-Ben on multiple occasions? Blessing or not?

The Pischei Teshuva in YD 305:12 brings from the Yaavetz (the Chasam Sofer disagrees) this exact idea: גם נראה שלצאת ידי כל ספק האפשרי יש ג"כ על האב לפדות בכורו מכל כהנים שיוכל למצוא דלמא מתרמי ...
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On the status of Melchizedek as a Kohen

How is it possible for non-Jews to have the status of a Kohen? So firstly, Shem the son of Noach is identified as Malkitzedek (Bereishis Rabbah 56:10) - whilst we attribute Avraham as the "first ...
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Kohanim hand symbol

The idea behind it, can be found in several places, one of which is the Midrash Rabbah on Shir HaShirim 2:9. It explains that when the Kohanim bless, the Shechinah peers through their fingers so to ...
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Does a kohen have to marry a convert or divorcee he rapes

A Kohen cannot marry a convert or divorcee. Even in the event that a Kohen had sexually assaulted a woman of either category, they cannot marry a divorcee or a convert. This rule applies even in a ...
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Blowing the trumpets during individual calamity

It seems to specifically be a law when the tzibbur at large is experiencing trouble משנה תורה דפוסים תעניות א':א מִצְוַת עֲשֵׂה מִן הַתּוֹרָה לִזְעֹק וּלְהָרִיעַ בַּחֲצוֹצְרוֹת עַל כָּל צָרָה ...
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Blowing the trumpets during individual calamity

The MAGEN AVRAHAM (beginning of OC 576) wonders why it is not the practice to blow the Shofar on publicly decreed fast days nowadays. Reb Moshe In Igros Moshe says its only in the time of Beis ...
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Minimum number of Kohanim and Leviim

--- I originally read that the question referred to the past, so these sources discuss the (minimal and maximal) amount of Kohanim that were active during the korbanos. --- It depends on the service. ...
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On the status of Melchizedek as a Kohen

Refer to Tehillim 110:4. The meforshim there explain that "priesthood" could also mean leadership. For example, Rashi (sv. דברתי מלכי צדק) says: The word כהן bears the connotation of ...
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Why was the Priesthood hereditary?

Shemot 1:2: וַיְהִ֕י כִּֽי־יָרְא֥וּ הַֽמְיַלְּדֹ֖ת אֶת־הָאֱלֹהִ֑ים וַיַּ֥עַשׂ לָהֶ֖ם בָּתִּֽים׃ And [God] established households for the midwives, because they feared God. The רבינו בחיי on the ...
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