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Korbanot (Sacrifices and Offerings)

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For an informed reading of Jeremiah 7:21–28, 9:22–23
The prophet admonishes the people who, while possibly observing the command itself, were taking it totally out of its desired context.
There is no getting around it: the Torah talks a lot about animal sacrifices. With all the spiritual opportunities available to us, why are we missing the sacrificing of an actual animal?
It's not what you give that is so precious, it's how much of yourself is invested in the gift.
All it takes for evil to flourish is for good people to do nothing.
One of the most difficult elements of the Torah and the way of life it prescribes is the phenomenon of animal sacrifices – for obvious reasons.
Unfortunately, moods can sometimes infringe on our relationship with G‑d, and with our fellows as well. “I am just not in the mood for prayer,” “I am not in the mood for my kids,” “I am in the mood of wasting five hours of my life surfing the Web . . .”
Imagine the ruckus that would ensue if the President of the United States were spotted taking out the White House garbage! Yet something similar occurred daily in the Holy Temple...
While the concept of giving thanks is important among human beings, it is also central in our relationship with G-d.
If the kohen is already wearing linen clothes for the separation of the ashes, why ask him to change into a different set of linen clothes for the removal of the ashes?
If you’re invested in a loving relationship, it will require doing things for the relationship—for the other, not for you.
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