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Should a Kohen attend a funeral?

The Kohen may not enter a funeral chapel or approach within four cubits (approximately seven feet) of a coffin, but this does not mean that he should not...

Can a Kohen who is already impure touch a corpse?

Once a person contracts tum‘at met he remains impure until he is sprinkled with the ashes of the Red Heifer—a commodity which is unavailable...

What sort of contact with the dead is forbidden for a Kohen?

Due to his heightened spiritual level, it is forbidden for a male Kohen to purposely contract tum’at met—ritual impurity through association...

At what age do a Kohen’s purity rules begin?

All the rules of purity apply to a male Kohen from the moment he is born. Therefore, a Kohen infant shouldn’t be carried into a funeral parlor or...

Can a Kohen touch the remains of an animal?

There are many sorts of Biblical and rabbinic ritual impurities. The Kohen is specifically prohibited from contracting the impurity emitted by a human...

Why is a child's Judaism determined by the mother?

The Mammas and the Pappas are both winners, but not in the same game. Jewish identity is due to matrilineal descent, meaning the Mommy determines the...

What gifts were given by the Israelites to the Kohanim and Levites?

“The Levitic Kohanim, the entire tribe of Levi, shall have no portion or inheritance with Israel… the L-rd is his inheritance.”1 The...

Who decided which Kohen served in the Temple on any given day?

Moses divided the Kohanic families into eight rotating shifts (“mishmarot”), each shift serving in the Tabernacle for a one-week...

When did the Rabbi take the place of the high priest or priest?

These were always different functions. Moses was the rabbi, Aaron was the High Priest. The priesthood is an hereditary function -- anyone descended...

Am I a Kohen if my Kohen father and mother were not married in an orthodox ceremony?

Rabbi Yrachmiel Tilles: Shalom-Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment. You can start typing your question if you like.Elie: Shalom Rabbi Elie: Above is...