JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Tracing a Kohen #general


<< Would a Cohen still be a Cohen if say perhaps the grandson married out of
his faith? >>

Of course. We do not have a rule of backward-contagion. A Cohen is a
Cohen; he loses that role only when he acts in ways forbidden to the Cohen.
If a Cohen's son marries out and the grandson converts back, he would almost
certainly not have the status of cohen. But that's a religious issue and
you'd have to consult a knowledgable orthodox rabbi.

As far as genealogy is concerned, he can continue to carry the name Cohen,
even though halakhically he is not one. I know quite a number of non-Jewish
Cohens etc and Levis.

Michael Bernet

BERNET, BERNAT, BAERNET etc >from Frensdorf, Bamberg, Nurnberg, (Bavaria)
KONIGSHOFER: Welbhausen, Konigshofen, Furth (S. Germany)
ALTMANN: Kattowitz, Breslau, Poznan, Beuthen--Upper Silesia/Poland
WOLF, Sali & Rachel, Rotterdam, murdered by Dr. Petiot, Paris ca 1942
WEIL[L], Albert, Fr. hon. consul in Nurnberg; returned to France 1936/7.

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