Name: Kohen

Origin and Meaning of the Name Kohen

  • Meaning:
    Priest
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  • Gender:
    Boy
  • Pronunciation:
    (KOE en)
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    Occasionally used in the United States, Kohen is not a personal name in Hebrew.
    It is a surname and a specific lineage in the Jewish faith. A kohen is assumed to be a direct male descendant of the Biblical Aaron, brother of Moses.

    During the existence of the Temple in Jerusalem, kohanim performed specific duties vis--vis the daily and festival sacrificial offerings. The Kohen Gadol (High Priest) played a special role during the service of Yom Kippur. Today, kohanim retain a distinct personal status within Judaism and are still bound by special laws in Orthodox and, to a lesser extent, in Conservative Jewish communities.

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