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If the kohen doesn’t want to be sanctified?

The torah instructs בני ישראל to sanctify the kohen, but what if the kohen just wants to be your average guy and doesn’t want to be sanctified? To answer, although it is okay for the kohen to forego a kehuna privilege if he so chooses, the prohibitive components are not.  With that said, may the kohen shy away from…read more

תשובת מהר”ם מרוטנבורג

– בהא סלקינן דמתנות נוהגות אף בחו”ל..אנן לא קיימא לן כוותיה (כהבנת רנב”י לר”א)אלא ברה”ג ולא במתנות:מדל”ק נהוג עלמא במתנות ובראה”ג,.. ורנב”י גופיה דאמר נהוג ..קניס, ..וליכא למימר שהיה מחמיר אע”פ שלא היה צריך..,וליכא למימר דמקומות מקומות יש..דמדקאמר נהוג.. משמע דכל העולם נוהגים כן (ואעפ”כ קנס), ועוד מדקאמר נהוג עלמא..]משמע[ לכל הפחות במקומו היו נוהגים…read more

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Rabbi Israel HaKohen Kahanovitch

Story: In the previous generation there was a superb scholar that has been quite unknown beyond his community and those that met him. Rabbi Israel Isaac Kahanovitch, whose Hilula fell on 11 Tammuz (1945), was the Chief Rabbi of all of Western Canada and the Western United States from 1905-1945.   Rabbi Kahanovitch attended the…read more

Nega’im detail

The Sifra1)1 gives a general rule in skin nega’im is that the nega does not produce an actual raised or lowering of the skin, it merely ‘appears’ that way to the view of the kohen; לכל מראה עיני הכהן. Names are given by the torah for specific shades of נגעי עור and those names are…read more

Tzoraath, why does it happen?

Tzoraath is explained by chazal to indicate a very detailed message from on high.  A knowledgeable kohen is able to -based on rabbinic literary sources- accurately inform the affected person why this message is being sent to him.  This is done based on the type and extent of  the tzoraath that the kohen sees on the property, clothing, or…read more

Glatt-kosher cheek meat; the kohen’s recipe

What is the proper way for a kohen to eat the cheek meat the shochet gives him? Based on the word למשחה, which the torah uses when speaking about matanot kehuna, it is a general rule that all matnos kehuna are supposed to be consumer with a tinge of “royalty”. How is this done with…read more

Foregoing kehuna privileges

Foregoing kehuna privileges also known as כהן שמחל על כבודו -כבודו מחול, is a familiar concept in halacha. Although a kohen may not absolve himself of the torah restrictions placed on kohanim (such as marrying a divorcee or becoming tamei to the dead etc.), he may choose to forego one or all of the kehuna…read more

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