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Are there any areas which a Kohen should avoid?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg

  

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Other than the obvious – cemeteries, funeral parlors, etc. – a Kohen should avoid hospitals. Since hospitals contain morgues, there exists reasonable doubt at any time that a body is present.

Therefore, a Kohen may only enter a hospital for great need. “Great need” obviously includes if the Kohen himself must undergo a necessary medical procedure, but can also include instances where the Kohen is needed in the hospital to provide critical emotional support for another. A rabbi should always be consulted, as each case requires individual evaluation.

"Great need" can also include instances where the Kohen is needed in the hospital to provide critical emotional support for another
Also, many museums have exhibits which include human remains, skeletons or skulls. Before visiting a museum, a Kohen should ascertain that it contains no human remains.


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