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Can a convert marry a Jewish man with the last name Cohen?


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Rabbi Shlomo Chein: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment...what's on your mind?

4ever: Can a divorced gentile woman who converts after the divorce marry a jewish man with the last name cohen?

Rabbi Shlomo: last names don't mean anyting as far as Jewish law is concerened. However a Kohen, priest - descendant of Aaron, may not marry a convert

4ever: ahh, so if we love each other, he cant marry me?

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: If he is a Kohen

4ever: he is

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: and if G-d doesn't allow you to marry that means you can't really experience true love with him because he is not your soul-mate. You can experience lust, strong feelings of love, but not true unselfish love

4ever: ahh, ok thank you for answering my questions,

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: sure

4ever: i am sure i will have many more

4ever: good night

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