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Halacha - kohen
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

1) Biyur Halacha brings a machlokes regarding an ignoramus, and one should be machmir.

2) If the "not frum" Kohein is classified as a rasha, there is also a machlokes. However, today most not frum people are considered tinok sh'nishba and he would be obligated to honor a Kohein.

3) A mechalel Shabbos publicly is not necessary to honor even according to the lenient opinion in #2.

4) If the Kohein transgresses the Mitzvos specific to Kohanim, such as he marries a divorcee or enters a cemetery, one may not honor him at all.

posted:2008-07-16 14:12:38  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - The Wife of a Kohen
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

The Magen Avraham you quote actually disagrees with the Rokeach, because tumah does not affect an absorbed object like a fetus (tahara b'lua). The Radvaz and Nesiv Chaim answer that the Rokeach was referring specifically to a woman at the end of her 9th month of pregnancy, where there was a risk that she would go into labor and deliver in the beis hakvaros. In that case the Rokeach relied on a sfek sfeika, and you are correct that presumably this would not apply with today's technology. Certainly a woman who had an ultrasound that indicated a boy would no longer be considered a safek, but even one who didn't would be considered a situation where the safek can easily be resolved, which does not count towards a sfek sfeika. Furthermore, the Pri Megadim questions the whole premise of the Rokeach's sfek sfeika, because the chance of a stillborn is less than 50% and does not count as a safek. If you want more sources, the Pischei Teshuva in Yoreh Deah 371:1 brings many seforim who discuss this issue.

posted:2008-06-16 14:36:23  (0) comments   email to a friend


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