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n. (context Judaism English) (alternative spelling of cohen English)


Kohen or cohen (or kohain; , "priest", pl. kohanim) is the Hebrew word for priest used colloquially in reference to the Aaronic priesthood. Jewish kohanim are traditionally believed and halakhically required to be of direct patrilineal descent from the biblical Aaron. The term is colloquially used in Orthodox Judaism in reference to modern day descendants of Aharon, brother of Moses.

During the existence of the Temple in Jerusalem, kohanim performed the daily and holiday ( Yom Tov) duties of sacrificial offerings. Today, kohanim retain a lesser though distinct status within Rabbinic and Karaite Judaism, and are bound by additional restrictions according to Orthodox Judaism.

In the Samaritan community, the kohanim have remained the primary religious leaders. Ethiopian Jewish religious leaders are sometimes called kahen, a form of the same word, but the position is not hereditary and their duties are more like those of rabbis than kohanim in most Jewish communities.

Usage examples of "kohen".

One cruse that had been sealed with the seal of the high rabbi, the Kohen Gadol, the Great Priest.

Certainly the personal involvement of the Kohen Gadol in what was almost an act of housekeeping .

Yael Kohen, which provides much of the non-East Coast detail on political fund-raising.

Rabbi Hoffman set the tray on a table in front of Baruch and a clean shaven man Lisa assumed was the Kohen.