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Under what circumstances can a Kohen become impure?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg

  

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A Kohen is obligated to attend the funerals of his immediate relatives. He is actually required to become tamei at such occasions; he does not have the option of remaining distant to preserve his purity.

His immediate relatives are: his parents, wife, brother, sister who has not yet married, son and daughter.

A Kohen is only allowed to become tamei at the funeral of an immediate relative if the body of the deceased is complete. This restriction applies even if a limb had been amputated from the deceased during his lifetime.

His immediate relatives are: his parents, wife, brother, sister who has not yet married, son and daughter
Aside for his immediate family, a Kohen must also become tamei for a “met Mitzvah”—a “mitzvah corpse.” This refers to a Jewish body which has no one to care for it.

In modern times, when nearly everywhere in the world is in traveling proximity to an active Jewish burial society which can be summoned, the application of this law would be extremely rare.


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Mitzvah
(pl. Mitzvot). A commandment from G-d. Mitzvah also means a connection, for a Jew connects with G–d through fulfilling His commandments.
tamei
Ritually impure.