Saturday, June 12, 2010

Saturday Symbol: Cohen or Kohen Hands

Cohen Hands - On Jewish tombstones you will sometimes see a symbol showing two hands arranged for the Priestly Blessing. This is a symbol of the Kohen or Cohen (Hebrew for priest). The plural form is Kohanim or Cohanim. Kohanim are assumed to be direct male descendants of Aaron, who was the first Kohen and the brother of Moses. Some Jewish surnames frequently associated with this symbol are Conn or Cohn (Kohn), Cahn (Kahn), and Cohen (Kohen), but you will find the symbol on the grave markers of people with other surnames. Today families can sometimes verify a priestly lineage from the tombstones of ancestors that have this symbol.


  1. actually, many poskim say kohanim today are not real kohanim


  2. Thank you for the info I will head over and check it out.

  3. there is no "proof" that anyone is a kohane. I found out 3 weeks ago when i went to my grandfather's grave and which said he's a kohane.