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Kohanim, Levites & Israelites

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Making tuna sandwiches is a holy activity--one that dates back to the times of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem
Moshe Question: I heard that Kohanim (priests) are not permitted to attend the internment of a loved one. Is this true and why? Answer: I hope your question is only an academic exercise. If not, please accept my condolences on your loss. May G‑d comfort y...
A commentary on the haftarah of Emor
The haftarah for Emor is prophecy from our prophet Ezekiel about the Third Temple. It tells us who will be the Kohanim and describes the laws pertaining to the Kohanim—from how their hair should be cut to whom they could marry. They need to be pillars of ...
Though we are doing the same actions, the mitzvahs are as unique as the individuals performing them. No one can do your mitzvah.
It hardly seems democratic; just because you come from a family of Kohanim (priests) or Leviim (Levites), why should that qualify you for extra honor?
Jewish people are grouped into tribal clans, each one providing another element toward the nation’s spiritual perfection.
Question: I heard that there could be a problem with a pregnant woman visiting a cemetery. Is that true? Answer: There is no clause in Jewish law that forbids pregnant women from entering cemeteries. However, there seems to be a longstanding custom to avo...
Democracy and human rights are cornerstones of our moral vision in the modern era. Where do we Jews fit--historically and ideologically--into this picture?
Scripture never states explicitly that the tribe of Levi was not enslaved. In Midrash Tanchuma, Va'erah 6. however, Rabbi Joshua ben Levi makes this assertion. Rashi Exodus 5:4. sees it as implicit from the fact that Aaron was able to go and greet Moses, ...
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