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Yet when all is said and done, aren't Kohanim still regarded as "special?" The definition of peace is not that everyone is equal or that everyone has exactly the same needs as everyone else, but rather that everyone knows their place, knows what they're capable of, knows what their contribution is, and is accepting of themselves and that others' contributions as equally important and valuable.The answer is that Torah scholarship supersedes simple Kohanic lineage.So when we speak about fulfilling one's Jewish potential, there are no restrictions, no special classes of Jews.Our son is now six years old – and I believe he meets all the criteria for Pidyon Ha’Ben.
The reason behind this mitzvah is to remind us how during the Exodus from Egypt, God killed the first-born Egyptians, yet miraculously spared the first-born Jews.
Rabbi David Fohrman is the founder and CEO at Aleph Beta Academy.
He is author of "The Beast that Crouches at the Door," finalist for the 2007 National Jewish Book Award, and "The Queen You Thought You Knew." Rabbi Fohrman seeks to open layers of meaning of Biblical text and to help the reader develop a relationship with the texts that make us who we are. My wife and I were married by a rabbi who also performed our son's Bris.
He would automatically have vast financial resources and social status. After all, his only claim to fame is that some distant ancestor excelled!
So, too, a Kohen is a Kohen today by virtue of an exceedingly great act that his ancestor did in refusing to worship the Golden Calf.