I don't know if this question was asked before, but:

If, hypothetically, when the Mikdash will be built, somehow it was discovered that all kohanim were genealogically invalidated - chalalim in the lineage, converts, etc.1 What then? Would there be service in the Mikdash? Who would serve?

1 In this hypothetical situation, let's assume that there was a way to be certain of this 100% percent.

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    See H. Melakhim 12:3. Our Prophets, as understood by our Sages, assure us that this hypothetical will not materialize. One of the functions of משיח will be to purify/identify lineages. Commented Mar 24, 2022 at 17:18
  • @Deuteronomy Thanks. I don't believe this is something that will happen, which is why I merely asking it as a hypothetical, out of curiosity. Probably not much crazier than someone throwing his wife a get from the second story and it bursts into flames on the way down, eh?
    – Harel13
    Commented Mar 24, 2022 at 17:23
  • I am suggesting that methodologically the approach would be different. A priori we assume that we will have Kohanim, as per the Neviim (as understood by Hazal). The hypothetical of a get bursting into flames does not involve denying the sixth iqar emunah (or the second shoresh if you're looking through R. Yosef Albo's lens). Commented Mar 24, 2022 at 17:33
  • @Deuteronomy is there a difference in principle between having no Kohanim and therefore not being able to do mitzvos involving them vs. having no Amalek and not being able to kill them?
    – Heshy
    Commented Mar 24, 2022 at 17:59
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    A hypothetical of this type is not really valid. Since we know the bais hamikdash will be rebuilt and we will have korbanos, we know that there would be kohanim Commented Mar 24, 2022 at 22:50


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