Posts Categorized: Torah instruction of the kohen

Griss -the minimal size requirement of the skin nega

The mishna lists the minimal size of all skin nega’im is the size of a “griss HaKalki”., the “kalkilian groat” aka “Cilician bean”. This measurement is important since it is the standard minimal size of any and all skin tzoraath variations. So just how big is that? in short, the area covered by 36 hairs….read more

Torah sources for the kohen as torah-instructor

There are multiple instances in תורה שבכתב where the kohen is described as being involved in torah instruction.  The first such instance is found in vayikra; וַיְדַבֵּר ה’ אֶל אַהֲרֹן לֵאמֹר. יַיִן וְשֵׁכָר אַל תֵּשְׁתְּ אַתָּה וּבָנֶיךָ אִתָּךְ בְּבֹאֲכֶם אֶל אהֶל מוֹעֵד וְלֹא תָמֻתוּ חֻקַּת עוֹלָם לְדרתֵיכֶם. וּלֲהַבְדִּיל בֵּין הַקֹּדֶשׁ וּבֵין הַחל וּבֵין הַטָּמֵא וּבֵין הַטָּהוֹר….read more

Rav Shmuel HaKohen ben Chofni Gaon

Shmuel HaKohen ben Chofni Gaon (also spelled Samuel ha-Kohen ben Hofni (? – 25 Menachem-Av HC 4773), leader of the Sura yeshiva and extensive writer of halacha literature. Family Rav Shmuel’s father, Chofni ben Kohen-Tzedek also served as gaon, as did his uncle Nechemya ben Kohen-Tzedek. Rav Shmuel’s son Yisroel, took over his father’s post…read more

Chazal views on the kohen as knowledgeable in torah

Finding sources in the written torah about the kohen’s role in torah instruction is not too challenging, as many are available.  Too, in nevi’im the kohen is often criticized for not doing his duty of torah instruction which is expected of him. Chazal too expounded on the role of the kohen in torah instruction.  Tannaim…read more

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