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Yoma 6: The Impure Kohen’s Avodah

Back to the kohen separating from his family – why must he separate? Beyond the parallels we have already discussed, the concern is what if the kohen gadol’s wife were possibly impure, because of a question pertaining to menstruation. Also, what about the risk of becoming impure because of contact with a dead body? But that kind of impurity will be overridden by the needs of the community. It’s also less common of a risk than niddah Impurity, especially for a kohen who is careful about such things.


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Anne Gordon is the deputy editor of Ops & Blogs at The Times of Israel. She is a veteran educator, having taught in high school and post-high school institutions in Israel and America for several decades. Yardaena Osband is a pediatrician and teaches in her community and online. They both hail from Boston, proud alumna of Maimonides School, where they first learned Gemara. Talking Talmud is their conversation (via podcast) on the daf yomi. They say: "Learning the daf? We have something for you to think about. Not learning the daf? We have something for you to think about! (Along with a taste of the daf...) Join the conversation with us!"
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