(pl. "Kohanim" or "Cohanim")
Table of Contents:
- Definition of a Kohen
- Can I Marry A Kohan? (2004)
- Question: How does being sexually molested affect a girl's later ability to marry a Cohen?
- Rabbis: Couple must divorce (02/12/1999)
- Childhood Sexual Abuse
- Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse/Assault who are Kohens
- Background Information and The History of Rabbinical Ordinations (0719/2007)
A Jewish male is considered a Kohen if he is a descendent of the first priest Aaron, the High Priest, the brother of Moses (Moshe), from the Levi tribe.
His task is to work in the Temple, be involved with the offering of sacrifices, and with Blessing the Congregation of Israel. Kohen's recite the Priestly Blessing, and are first to be called up (given an aliyah) to read from the Torah.
To maintain a high degree of purity, Kohanim observed certain prohibitions concerning marriage and contact with the deceased. Kohanim are also prohibited from marrying a divorced woman, convert, incest and rape survivors. They are also prohibited from visiting a cemetery (except for immediate family members) or coming into contact with the dead.