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Where is it stated that a Kohen (Priest) may not marry a convert?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg

  

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The prophet Ezekiel says,1 that Kohanim should only marry women who are "offsprings of the house of Israel."

The prohibition for a Kohen to marry a convert is also stated clearly in the code of Jewish Law.2

The apparant reason for this rule would be that one whose job it is to represent all the Jews in G-d's service, should have standing behind him the merits of his ancestors.

Footnotes

  • 1. Ezekiel 44:22.
  • 2. Shulchan Aruch Even Ha'ezer 6:20

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Kohanim
Plural form of Kohain. Priests of G-d. This title belongs to the male descendants of Aaron, brother of Moses. The primary function of the Kohain was to serve in the Holy Temple. Today the Kohain is still revered and it is his function to recite the Priestly Blessings on certain occasions.
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It is forbidden to erase or deface the name of G-d. It is therefore customary to insert a dash in middle of G-d's name, allowing us to erase or discard the paper it is written on if necessary.