March 24, 2006

Halachic Trivia - do you know the answer?

My wife was pregnant when a close relative passed away. Is she allowed to go to the cemetary with a kohain growing inside her?

Cue Jeopardy music...


yaak said...

I don't know the halacha, but I'll take a stab at it.
1) Maybe the womb is Hotzeitz b/c it's more than a Tefach
2) It's a safek boy - safek girl
3) Ubar Yerech Imo - so since she's OK, he's OK too.

Because of the above, I'd guess it's OK. This is only theoretical - I didn't look it up.

Judah HaKohain said...

Not bad! I actually hear two reasons why it's OKAY.

1. When we asked the shailah we were told that it is indeed a s'faik s'faika in that a. It may be a boy or a girl and 2. all Kohanim are sofek Kohanim. I don't really like this answer and frankly find it a bit offensive.

The book Kohen's Handbook says that:
1. Anything enveloped inside a living body is unaffected by tuma and 2. the is a s'fek s'feka: it may be a boy or a girl or it might be stillborn.

YMedad said...

I think the minhag is that unless very necessary, pregnant women with anything/anyone inside don't go to cemeteries.