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What is a Kohen?

"Aaron was separated, to be sanctified as most holy, he and his sons forever, to burn incense before the Lord, to serve Him, and to bless in His name...

Why does contact with a dead body cause spiritual impurity?

Impurity stems from the forces of Klipah. Klipah is the power of anti-divinty, the force which tries to deter us from doing G-d's will.But from where does...

What were the duties of the Kohen Gadol?

The Kohen Gadol was required to bring a special bread sacrifice every day, and only the Kohen Gadol was allowed to perform the sacred Yom Kippur service....

How was the High Priest chosen, and what was the inaugural process?

When there was a vacancy in the position, the 71 member Sanhedrin would appoint a successor. According to the Talmud, the ideal Kohen Gadol (High Priest)...

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

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...

Is a Kohen married to a divorcee still considered a Kohen?

A Kohen who marries a divorced woman does not lose his status as Kohen. Rather, as long as he is married to this woman who is forbidden to him we do not...

Can a Kohen or Levite get married to any Jewish woman?

Any Jewess may marry a Levite. However, the intrinsic spiritual nature of a Kohen requires protection. The Creator deemed it necessary that a...

Nowadays, what are the obligations of a Kohen?

Many of the practical aspects of being a Kohen no longer apply today, for there is no Holy Temple where the Kohen performs the daily service as the...

What is Terumah?

A. Terumah means “elevated” offering/gift or donation. It is the produce tithe that Levites and Israelites would submit to the kohens in Temple...

Is a Kohen allowed to be in the same room as a gentile corpse?

A corpse emits impurity. There are two ways one can be affected by this impurity: 1) Direct contact. 2) Being under the same roof (or other cover)....