Posts Categorized: about kehuna

Israel and the Malkitzedek priesthood

An item of Judeo-Christian polemics- Judaism believes that the covenant of priesthood was forged between The God of Israel and Ahron and his male offspring as an eternal covenant. As the God of Israel is eternal, his trust and covenant is likewise eternal – this includes of course the priestly covenant called in the Bible…read more

Rabbi Avraham Yaakov Hakohen Pam

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

Kohen Baal-Teshuva

In addition to all of the religious-from-birth kohanim, many kohanim today are baalei teshuva, the aim of this article is to discuss some of the halachic factors involved in determining the status of the said kohen – namely the scope of איתרע חזקתיה (the weakening of his chazaka) and whether or not the specified kohen…read more

Rabbi Avigdor HaKohen of Vienna

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

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

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

Traits of the kohen

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

Twenty-four places the kohanim are called levi’im

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.

Who is a kohen?

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

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