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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

Choosing a kohen

Do you need a qualified kohen in your area for your pidyon haben? let help you – get in touch with us and we will promptly connect you with a vetted kohen in your area.   Choosing your kohen If you have a kohen in the family, a grandfather, a brother-in-law or a cousin kohen,  that…read more

Minhagei Pidyon HaBen

Some customs for the pidyon ceremony; In order to publicize the doing of the mitzvah It is proper to have a minyan present for the פדייה ceremony. But, having a minyan is not a halachic requirement and one needn’t postpone the mitzvah of פדייה (redemption) if a minyan isn’t present. The parents of the bchor…read more

Giving the coins to the kohen

The main part of the mitzvah of Pidyon HaBen is redeeming the bchor yisroel using five silver coins.  But, is it that simple? are there other options for redemption? may the אבי הבן make conditions that the silver coins be returned? may he use cash, check, paypal?, the official website of איגוד הכהנים, wishes…read more

Mahar”m’s responsa

We conclude that the gift of the foreleg cheeks and abomasum is applicable also outside the land of Israel..we don’t follow Rabbi Elai’s ruling only by reishit hagez and not with the foreleg cheeks and abomasum. Since the talmud dosn’t state “נהוג עלמא” (everybody acts this way) regarding the gifts (of the foreleg, cheeks and…read more

Rambam Yomi -Shabbos Table Publication

Welcome to the landing page of Rabbi Yonason Kahanovich’s weekly Rambam publication.  Below are the links to download each weekly edition in pdf format;   Rambam Yomi 2 Rambam Yomi 3a Rambam Yomi week of Balak 5772 Rambam Yomi Pinchas Rambam Yomi Mattos-Masei A look at the law of Techumim according to Nigleh and Chassidus….read more

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