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Section: Questions   Category: Halacha
Halacha - kohen
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: chofets chaim writes in his sefer hamitzvos, miztva 50 to give honor to a kohen like it says in the pasuk vaikra 21 8 vkidashto .. does that apply to 1 kohen who is frum but not a leaned man 2 kohen who is not even frum 3 kohen who is mechalel shabos openly
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


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