Lessons for Sunday – Monday 3-4 Adar, 5772

Negative Commandment 166 (Digest)
A Priest’s Ritual Purity

“He shall not become impure for the dead among his people”—Leviticus 21:1.

A kohen (priest) may not contract ritual impurity through contact with a human corpse. The exception to this rule are his next of kin [—his father, mother, brother, unmarried sister, son and daughter. The Sages added his wife to the list].

This prohibition only applies to male priests.

המצווה הקס”ו

והוא אמרו יתעלה: “לנפש לא יטמא בעמיו” שם כא, א

והעובר על לאו זה ונטמא לזולת חמישה מתי מצווה – חייב מלקות

ולאו זה אינו חל על הנשים; בא בקבלה: “בני אהרן’ – ולא בנות אהרן”


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