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Cohen and a divorced woman

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Rabbi Jonathan Blass

14 Iyyar 5763
Question
What is the status of the child of Cohen and divorced woman? Is there any possibility for this kind of marriage?
Answer
There is a Torah commandment prohibiting the marriage of a Cohen and a divorcee. The marriage is however valid after the fact- in other words if the divorcee wife decides to leave her husband to marry someone else, she requires a "get" (=a halachic divorce) from her husband, the Cohen. The children of such a marriage are not "mamzerim" (=bastards) but are challalim, a special status.
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