Families (male and female members) Joining Together during Birkat Kohanim

QUESTION

Paris, France

There is an old French custom in some Sephardic communities to have families stand together under the tallit during birkat kohanim, which implies ignoring the mechitza specifically at this time. We have been asked whether we would allow that over the chagim. What would you advise?

ANSWER

You need to maintain separation of the genders during birkat kohanim, just like the rest of davening.

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