Assuming we don't have a problem with the Dome of the rock.

Has anyone discussed sacrifices nowadays regarding:

  1. Can (and should) one bring sacrifices nowadays as we don't know the exact location for the Altar.
  2. Who should be doing the sacrifices, as we don't have true Kohanim Meyuchasim nowadays (all Kohanim are only assumed Kohanim as we have no outside proof of their Kehuna status.
  3. A convert must bring a sacrifice upon converting. Nowadays, we can't bring sacrifices so they don't have to, and are considered normal Jews until the Beis Hamikdash is built.

    In a situation where we would have full control over the Temple mount, if one is allowed bring a korban, all converts would have to do so. However, if one would not be allowed to bring a korban (either because one doesn't know who is a real kohen, etc.) one would naturally be forbidden to bring a korban.

    Would we then say that all converts would revert back to a doubt?

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    In your paragraph 3, it's not just "until the Beis Hamikdash is built." See Likkutei Sichos 26:160ff, where the Rebbe explains Rambam as saying that anyone who converted before the Beis Hamikdash was rebuilt (or, based on the premise of your question, before the korbanos can be resumed) remains fully Jewish even after that. As he puts it (p. 163 there), "it is impossible to say that something gets taken away from his sanctity because the Beis Hamikdash was built!"
    – Alex
    Jan 12, 2012 at 5:22
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    Who said the convert isn't obligated to bring a korban? Maybe he is Jewish and just has an obligation that he currently can't fulfill. When he will be able to bring it he will still be obligated, but that has nothing to do with his Jewish-ness.
    – Double AA
    Jan 12, 2012 at 5:42
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    @Alex Forgot... Either way, then we wouldn't be able to accept new converts at that time. Jan 12, 2012 at 6:32
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    I don't have enough information to answer this, but I wanted to make few comments. 1. Because of archelogical digs, we now have a fairly good idea where the Altar and courtyards are. 2. There is a group trying to get permission from the Kenesset to bring pesach offerings which removes certain restrictions regarding kohanim and tumah I believe. I.e. I believe there are some karbonot which do not require a kohen.
    – avi
    Jan 12, 2012 at 10:28
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    @avi I don't think there is any korban that doesn't require a kohen. Tumah can be dealt with, but you still need kohanim to offer it!
    – Double AA
    Jan 12, 2012 at 17:53

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A lot of ink has been spilled on this topic. Kaftor Vaferach (ch. 6) reports that Rabbeinu Yechiel of Paris (who immigrated to the Land of Israel, with his students, sometime in the 1250s) proposed in 5017 (1257) to go to Jerusalem and offer korbanos, and mentions the concerns about tum'ah (which he goes on to dismiss, since public korbanos override it) and kohanim meyuchasim (which he doesn't address).

Footnote 55 there cites a lot of sources from Acharonim on the pros and cons, including these considerations and many others. There's also a nice writeup on it in Contemporary Halakhic Problems, vol. 1, pp. 244ff.

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