They are also bound by restrictions still highly regarded within more observant segments of the Jewish population.

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There is also the privilege of saying the priestly blessing.

In Israel, and in Sephardic synagogues [outside of Israel], this blessing is recited on a daily (or weekly) basis and in Ashkenazi communities, on major Jewish holidays.

It is no longer an issue in the Conservative Jewish movement, which was more concerned with interfaith marriages and ruled years ago that Kohein/non-Kohein marriages could be performed without issue, and that the Kohein does lose his status nor do his offspring.

This never has been an issue within the Reform movement, which came about to make some sense of the antiquated and inexplicable facets of Judaism and essentially, the religion. Ahavath Torah in Englewood, an orthodox synagogue, says "These are Torah mandated rules that are still in force today.

However, all privileges come with a price, and the restrictions on Kohanim are many.

Many of these restrictions were designed to maintain what is referred to as ritual purity, since the Kohanim formed a holy order in the Temple of Jerusalem.

They are not waived even for older Kohanim who are not planning to have additional children.

Under these circumstances, the marriage is still prohibited by Torah law.

Rabbis elaborate: The Torah says that a Kohein's mate be of "pure lineage" -- however questionable, outdated and unjust that term may seem.