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1,313. A Pair of Twins
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203:4 If one of a pair of twins died within thirty days, or on the thirtieth day, and the other survived after thirty days, we don’t say that since one survived thirty days that the other was necessarily viable. Rather, one does not observe aveilus in such a case. 203:5 If an adult converted to […]
1,312. Partial Mourning
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203:2 There is a practice to observe partial mourning by oneself for other relatives, the first week until after Shabbos. In such a case, one does not bathe in hot water or change his clothes as he usually does before Shabbos. Not all relatives are the same in this matter. If the deceased was a […]
1,311. For Whom to Mourn
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202:16 Kohanim cannot compel the relatives of a deceased person to hurry up and remove the body from where it is so that they may return to their homes. We only compel the relatives to remove the deceased quickly if a kohein is ill and unable leave his house. This is so the kohein will […]
1,310. May a Kohein Visit a Tzaddik’s Grave?
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202:14 There are simple kohanim who are in the practice of visiting the graves of the righteous based on the idea that the graves of the righteous don’t impart ritual impurity. This is a mistaken practice on their part and one should try to stop them from doing this. 202:15 Just as a kohein is […]
1,309. When a Kohein May Not Impurify Himself
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202:12 If a kohein’s relative separated himself from Judaism, the kohein does not render himself impure for him, nor does he do so for one who committed suicide. Anyone for whom one would not observe aveilus (mourning), a kohein likewise does not render himself impure. (This halacha does not take into account various mitigating circumstances. […]
1,308. For Whom May a Kohein Become Impure?
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202:10 Some authorities say that a non-Jewish corpse also imparts ritual impurity under a canopy. One must take appropriate precautions according to this position and not walk on a non-Jew’s grave. This is all the more the case if there is reason to suspect that an apostate Jew may be buried there since an apostate […]
1,307. A Sleeping Kohein
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202:8 A kohein is not permitted to approach within four cubits (about six feet) of a dead person or a grave. This refers to when the deceased is lying in his final resting place; if he’s on the bier that they use to transport him while saying Tzidduk HaDin, even during one of the stops, […]