Tuesday, June 07, 2005 I was asked the following question:
How does a Kohain rabbi officiate at a funeral?
was my response:
Many rabbis are Kohaniim and have no problems or
restrictions because of it. However, there are restrictions for a Kohain
when it comes to officiating at funerals.
Some rabbis who are Kohains will not enter any structure or room in which there
is a deceased person's body...However, they can conduct the funeral service from
outside the room. At the cemetery, most rabbis who are Kohains will not
walk on the grounds and, often officiate from outside the gates. Others,
however, will walk on the pavement, which is not holy ground per se, and
officiate from there.
you have questions about a personal matter, or jewish practices
and customs, you can submit them to me by e-mail.
I answer all queries directly, or through this column, when the
question is informative to our community.
you for your kind attention and this opportunity to share with you,
Rabbi Dan S. Wiko
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