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Q&A Did the urim v'tummim require binary questions?

The g'mara on Yoma 73a gives the following examples of questions asked of the urim v'tummim (Exodus 28:30) and their answers: "Shall I pursue after this troop?" (I Samuel 30:8). Answer: "Thus...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by sabbahillel‭

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Q&A Why do Egyptian priests keep land while Levites don't get any

In Gen 47:22, during the years of famine, Joseph takes land from everyone except the Egyptian priests. This is in direct contrast to the Jewish priests who will not own land in the Land of Israel....

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by ckoppelman‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by simyou‭

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Q&A Why do we destroy t'rumah and challah instead of giving it to a kohein?

I was thinking about t'rumah, which historically was designated for a kohein but today we destroy, and similarly taking challah, which we burn. Why isn't this a violation of bal tashchit, do not w...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by msh210‭

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Q&A Can a Levi be called up in place of a Yisrael?

In my Simchas Torah experience, there's at least as many cycles of aliyos as there are Kohanim and Leviim, such that if anything a given Kohen or Levi may end up with multiple aliyos on a given Sim...

0 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by DonielF‭

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Q&A Ancestry of the Mishmarot Kehunah

In 1 Divrei Hayamim 24:4 it says about the dividing of the Mishmarot Kehunah: "The sons of Eleazar turned out to be more numerous by male heads than the sons of Ithamar, so they divided the sons o...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Harel13‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Harel13‭

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Q&A Mamzer child of a Kohen

What are the rules regarding a mamzer who is the child of a kohen (and a woman with whom the kohen could not enter into a proper marriage)? Could the child eat trumah? What aspects of the status of...

0 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by rosends‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by rosends‭

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Q&A May a Kohen become a surgeon?

A dead body causes the room in which he lies to become ritually impure (Numbers 19:14). Additionally, Kohanim are forbidden to become ritually impure from those who are not immediate relatives (Lev...

0 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by DonielF‭  ·  edited 4y ago by DonielF‭

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Q&A Do the requirements to honor a Kohen require one to honor a female Kohen?

Background: There is a requirement to honor Kohanim (Vayikra 21:8; Mishneh Torah, Positive Mitzvot, 32; Moed Katan 28b.27). Among the ways this commandment is fulfilled are allowing a Kohen to make...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by DonielF‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by JoelK‭