Daily Chumash Sunday-Emor: Mitzvos of Kohanim

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  1. Mitzvos of Kohanim:
  • Hashem told Moshe to tell the Kohanim, the sons of Aaron the following laws relating to the Kehuna:
  • Impurity to corpse: The Kohanim may not become impure to a corpse, with exception to a relative. A Kohen may become impure to his mother, father, son, daughter, brother, and his virgin sister who was never yet married. A husband may not become impure to his [forbidden] wife.
  • Cutting skin/beard: They may not cut their skin, or heads, or shave their beards.
  • The Kohanim must adhere to extra standards of Holiness, being that they serve Hashem in the Temple.
  • Marriage: Kohanim may not marry a Gerusha, Chalalah, or Zona because they are holy.
  • If the daughter of a Kohen commits adultery, she is to be burnt.
  • Kohen Gadol: The Kohen Gadol may not grow out his hair or tear his clothing [in mourning]. He may not become impure even to relatives. He may not leave the Mikdash. The Kohen Gadol must marry a Besula.

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