Kohen

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Ko·hen

(kō′ən)
n. pl. Ko·hens or Ko·ha·nim (kō′hä-nĭm) Judaism
A male Jew belonging to a patrilineal line claiming descent from Aaron. Kohanim served as priests in ancient Judaism, and present-day Kohanim are accorded special status in Orthodox Judaism.

[Hebrew kōhēn, priest; akin to Aramaic kāhnā and Ugaritic khn.]

Kohen

(kɒˈhɛn; kɔɪn) or

Cohen

n
(Judaism) Judaism a member of the priestly family of the Tribe of Levi, descended from Aaron, who has certain ritual privileges in the synagogue service
[from Hebrew, literally: priest]
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The kohanim, the rumor goes, wanting to preserve the parts of the Beit HaMikdash that they could carry, lugged a door and a stone from Jerusalem to Djerba to establish it as a Diaspora outpost.
At one of his 2009 concerts, in Tel Aviv, Cohen concluded the evening by reciting the ancient prayer of the Kohanim, and holding his arms straight out, fingers spread, in the traditional manner, in order to let the divine blessings flow through him to the audience.
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Many years later, during the Jews' Babylonian exile and after the destruction of the first Temple, the kohanim encouraged all Jews to follow these priestly laws so they could experience what Gnuse calls "the enthusiastic self-perception that they were all priests in the new Temple of God, the world.
For example, consider the seven-branched menorah in figures 9 and 10, or the blessing hands of the kohanim, members of the priestly class, in figure 11.
The breaking news was the 1997 study that used variations of the Y chromosome known as haplotypes to trace the Jewish priestly Kohanim tribe to one "founder" male who may have been Moses's brother Aaron.
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Rabbi Jeffrey W Goldwasser said: "In orthodox and conservative communities, Kohanim are expected to abstain from coming in contact with the dead, which includes a ban on visiting cemeteries except for the funerals of close relatives.