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Are there still descendants of Aaron serving as priests in Jerusalem?

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Very related and near duplicate: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/23190/… –  HodofHod Apr 3 '13 at 5:53
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As you are asking on a Judaism site, I assume you want the Jewish belief on the subject...

There are many Jews today who are descended paternally from Aharon the High Priest. How they have that knowledge and whether they can prove it genealogically is another question.

Do they still serve in Jerusalem? Well, the Holy Temple is no more, and it will not be rebuilt until the coming of Moshiach, so they don't serve there.

But there are still many priestly functions that they fulfill, both in Jerusalem, and around the world. The Priestly Blessing and the Redemption of the Firstborn are two examples.

You may wish to read this Wikipedia article's section dealing with the modern day applications of priesthood.

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You may want to add that Kohanic lineage(even for those who can prove an unbroken patrilineal line) is still in question because of the possibility of disqualifiers having mixed in and so no Kohanim could serve in the Temple today. –  Rabbi Michael Tzadok Apr 3 '13 at 7:34
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