Re: Kohanim and museums
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Re: Kohanim and museums

January 29, 2000 10:00PM
<HTML>Avram Witty asks about the ramification for Kohanim on trips to museums in
which bodies are on display.

The generally accepted halakhic opinion is that the bodies of non-Jews do
not generate Tumah in an ohel, although they do generate Tumah via direct
contact. Assuming that the students on the trip will not be handling the
mummies there should be no problem for Kohanim to attend those trips.
There is probably also no particular reason to be concerned that one of
the bodies might be that of a Jew given that the majority of residents in
the city (as well as the majority of mummies) are those of non-Jews.

If there is a Jewish body then there is a problem, unless the cases in
which the bodies are stored have more than a tefah separating between the
body and the lid of the case. (Note: This halakha prompted El Al to have
the caskets they use for transporting bodies to Israel for burial
redesigned so as to allow Kohanim to fly their airline).

Having the body in a separate wing of the building is a complicated
question and depends on the design of the building. As far as children
under the age of Bar Mitzvah is concerned, aside from the educational
issue there is a prohibition for an adult to bring Tumat meit to any
Kohen, even a minor.

Zvi Grumet
3725 Henry Hudson Parkway
Riverdale, NY 10463
Phone/Fax: 718-884-0131</HTML>
Subject Author Posted

Kohanim and museums

Rabbi Avraham A. Witty January 23, 2000 10:00PM

Re: Kohanim and museums

Zvi Grumet January 29, 2000 10:00PM

Re: Kohanim and museums

Rabbi Moshe J. Yeres February 02, 2000 10:00PM


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