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    M22284
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    This has puzzled me for some time. Kohenim – Jews who are descendants of the Priests from early temple times – are not permitted to enter a cemetery or come into contact with the dead. Are they not permitted to attend funerals of immediate family? What happens to the corpse of a Kohan? Wouldn’t it also be desecrated?

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    Sarah28410
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    Kohanim can attend funerals of their immediate relatives – which includes a spouse, parent, sibling or child.

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    Cara
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    Also, Kohanim cannot enter the graveyard to mourn after the funeral of the immediate family member. The corpse of a Kohen is buried, usually close to the outside of the graveyard so that family members (sons who are also Kohanim) can visit the headstone after the ceremony.

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    Name : Cara, Gender : F, Sexual Orientation : Straight, Race : White/Caucasian, Religion : Jewish, Age : 24, City : Washington, State : DC Country : United States, Occupation : Analyst, Education level : 4 Years of College, Social class : Upper middle class, 
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