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Destructive and Self-Destructive
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Covenant and Conversation Family Edition on OU Life This sedra, speaking about sacrifices, prohibits the eating of blood: Wherever you live, you must not eat the blood of any bird or animal. If anyone eats blood, that person must be cut off from his people. (Lev. 7:26–27) This is not just one prohibition among others. […]
The Animal Within
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“אדם כי יקריב מכם קרבן לה’ מן הבהמה; מן הבקר ומן הצאן תקריבו את קרבנכם” Life is a struggle between the spiritual and physical. The goal of a korban – and our goal in life – is to elevate an animal which is חי to the level of מדבר – from אדם to בהמה. This […]
Confronting Korbanot
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How does the text of the chumash describe the development of korbanot? Hashem turns to Hevel and his korban but not to Kayin and his korban – God’s response is not to the ritual but to the person. What is God looking for at the moment? Korbanot evidently develop as something man initiates, not God. […]
Inner and Outer Korbanos
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וְכָל חַטָּאת אֲשֶׁר יוּבָא מִדָּמָהּ אֶל אֹהֶל מוֹעֵד… לֹא תֵאָכֵל בָּאֵשׁ תִּשָּׂרֵף Any sin-offering from which blood has been brought to the Tent of Meeting… shall not be eaten, it shall be burned in fire. (6:23) According to R’ Yose Haglili, this pasuk is expressing the halachah regarding all “inner” chatas (sin) offerings, i.e., those […]