Question:

Are medical students who are Jewish kohamim allowed to dissect cadavers for the medical training purposes under Halachic law?

Answer:

A kohen has to be careful not to become tameh from a corpse, even if it is the corpse of a non Jew, therefore dissecting a cadaver, even if it not a Jewish one, is not allowed for kohanim. This aspect makes it very difficult for a kohen to become a medical doctor.

Sources:

Rambam HIlchos Tumas Meis 1-12, Yora Deah 372-2, Shach -4..

Tags: tumas kohanim

Share The Knowledge

Not what you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged Purity laws for Kohanim tumas kohanim or ask your own question.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *