Rabbi Avraham Yaakov ben Meir Hakohen Pam (Vidz, Lithuania 1913 – Brooklyn NY 2001) was the rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Torah Vodaas in Brooklyn, New York. Rabbi Pam related how his father Meir, was a diligent torah scholar who pressed himself in his studies to the point of fatigue, upon dozing off he would return to his…read more
Rabbenu Avigdor ben Rabbenu Eliyahu HaKohen Katz a tosafist born is Austria, functioned as Rabbi in Vienna. His brothers where Rabbenu Eliezer HaKohen and Rabbenu Shneur of Neustadt. A talmid of Rabbi Simcha of Speyer and Rav Elazar ben Shmuel of Verona – apparently his brother in law – Rabbenu Avigdor later penned a commentary to…read more
Rabbi Nathan HaKohen Adler (Frankfurt 1741 – Frankfurt 1800) he won the admiration of Rabbi Chaim Yosef Dovid Azulai (The Chida), who had visited Frankfurt when Nathan was 11 years old. As a child, Nathan attended the Yeshiva of the Penei Yehoshua, who was at that time rabbi at Frankfurt, but his principal teacher was…read more
Rabbi Ahron HaKohen of Luniel lived at Narbonne, and suffered from the expulsion of the Jews in 1306. He emigrated to Majorca, and there, composed his famous work אורחות חיים (The Paths of Life). A compilation of Talmudic laws; the first part of which deals with the laws of the daily prayers, Shabbat, and Yom Tov,…read more
Can you tell a kohen from across the room? some people swear that they can. Many are quick to quote the known talmudic phrase that kohanim are strict by nature, but from this torah and chazal point of view, is this the only quoted trait that kohanim have? is it really possible to “know” who is a…read more
Although the the torah indeed calls kohanim “levi’im” this isn’t the custom of usual talk. Thus, in terms of the laws of nedarim, halachically speaking, kohanim and leviim are separate.
A kohen is a patrilineal descendant of Aharon HaKohen and must also be “kosher” from his matrilineal ancestry – meaning that his mother, grandmother, great-grandmother etc. where all rabinically fit to marry a their kohen spouses. In the absence of kohen meyuchas certification, modern kohanim fall into two general categories – religious from birth and…read more