Sally Bruckheimer <sallybru@...>
1. No. Just because a person is a rabbi, that does not make him a Cohen and vice
versa. Anyone of any tribe can and could be a rabbi (for Orthodox you can
exclude women). The Cohanim were priests in the temple and Leviim their
assistants; that does not give them 'rights' to be rabbi's or exclude anyone; one
has nothing to do with the other.
2. See 1.
3. Unless you can prove that all Alber's or all Adler's or whatever were related,
you cannot claim all of them in your family. Adler, eagle in German, may have
come >from a house sign - many house signs in many different towns before house
numbers. And anyone could have changed the family name >from whatever to Adler or
Alber or whatever else they chose.
"I have 3 questions:
1. Should I assume that if the Beider Poland Book lists a last name as
"Rabbinic", (examples of some names: ADLER, HALPERN, ALBER), that the members of
these family were >from the Kohanim tribe?
2. In the 18th and 19th centuries, were there Rabbi who were Levy's and
Israelites? Or just Kohanim?
3. Should I, also, assume that there were Rabbi in the ADLER, HALPERN, and ALBER
families that I am researching (18th and 19th century) or not necessarily?"