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Cohen, pl. cohanim (coh-hayn,coh-hah-neem) — lit., Priest; Jewish man of priestly lineage as descended from Aaron the Priest
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Amida: Reader's Repetition: Priestly Blessing (Birkat Cohanim)
Birkat Cohanim: Priest/Cohen in the Room
If a priest/ cohen is in the room during the Priestly Blessing (...
Amida: Reader's Repetition: Priestly Blessing (Birkat Cohanim)
Birkat Cohanim: Seeing Each Other
A cohen /priest does not need to see the congregants and they do not...
Tum'a: Contact with Dead Non-Jew
Tum'a: Cohen and Non-Jewish Cemetery
A cohen should not walk through a non-Jewish cemetery unless he has an...
Tum'a: Contact with Dead Non-Jew
Tum'a: Cohen Flying on Plane Carrying a Body
A cohen should not fly on a flight that has a dead body on it, even if...
Tum'a: Contact with Dead Non-Jew
Tum'a: Cohen Touching Dead Non-Jew
A cohen is forbidden from touching or picking up a dead body of a...
Tum’a: Hospitals
Tum'a: Hospitals: Cohen Visiting Wife
A cohen may visit his wife in the hospital even though there are often...
Amida: Reader's Repetition: Priestly Blessing (Birkat Cohanim)
Birkat Cohanim: Looking at Priests'/Cohanim's Hands
No one should look at the priests’/ cohanim’s hands while...
Amida: Reader's Repetition: Priestly Blessing (Birkat Cohanim)
Birkat Cohanim: Pausing in Private Amida
When the priests/ cohanim begin the Priestly Blessing ( birkat...
Amida: Reader's Repetition: Priestly Blessing (Birkat Cohanim)
Birkat Cohanim: Talit over Child's Head
It is a custom for fathers to cover their sons’ heads with their...
Introduction to Rosh Hashana
Introduction to Rosh Hashana
Rosh Hashana is the beginning of the Jewish calendar year (there are...
Dating
Dating only People You May Marry
You should date only people whom you may marry.  Examples...
Seder: Three Matzas
Introduction to Three Matzas (Matzot)
The seder table also has a stack of three matzas ( matzot ),...
Tum'a: Cemetery
Tum'a above Cemetery
Ritual impurity from a cemetery goes up to the sky, so a cohen should...
Tum'a: Cemetery
Tum'a within Cemetery
Ritual impurity ( tum’a ) in a cemetery comes from being within 4...
CHALLA SEPARATION
When To Separate Challa (Hafrashat Challa)
You must separate a small portion of dough for the cohanim/priests...
Hidur Mitzva/Mehadrin
Hidur Mitzva/Mehadrin
Almost all mitzvot may be enhanced by: Making them...
Introduction to Firsts (Reishit)
Introduction to Firsts (Reishit)
Jews thank God for His blessings by giving Him the “first” (...
Teruma/Ma'aser: Quantity
Teruma/Ma'aser: Quantity: How Much Is Teruma Gedola
Teruma gedola is 1/50th of the total food. But today, since the...
Procedure for Separating Terumot and Ma'asrot
Procedure for Separating Terumot and Ma'asrot
(from http://www.star-k.org/kashrus/kk-medi-terumos.htm , used with...
Blessing the Children/Birkat HaBanim
Introduction to Blessing the Children/Birkat HaBanim
The Blessing for the Children has two parts: Introduction...
Introduction to Separating Challa
Introduction to Separating Challa
Although challa refers to the two loaves of bread (or matza ) over...
What Is Kosher?
What Is Kosher?
By Sara-Malka (Diane) Laderman Kosher (Hebrew for...
When To Pause or Join Minyan
When To Pause or Join Minyan: Shabbat/Jewish Festival Shacharit
If the leader gets to kedusha on Shabbat or Jewish festival...
Amida: Reader's Repetition: Replying
Replying during Your Private Amida
If you have finished the amida’s yihiyu l’ratzon (but...
Introduction to Fast Days
Introduction to Fast Days
Introduction to Fast Days The purpose of Jewish fast days is to...
Fast Days: When They Start
Fasts that Start 72 Minutes before Sunrise
All fasts start 72 minutes (normal time) before sunrise except for the...
Introduction to Pidyon HaBein
Introduction to Pidyon HaBein
A Jewish mother’s first-born male child must be...
Three Criteria for Pidyon HaBein
Three Criteria for Pidyon HaBein
There are three criteria for Pidyon HaBein: First child...
How To Do Pidyon HaBein
How To Do Pidyon HaBein
To do Pidyon Ha'Bein : Pidyon ha’bein is...

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