Leviticus 17:4
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4  and does not bring it to the entrance of the Tent of Meeting to present it as an offering to Hashem, before Hashem‘s Mishkan, bloodguilt shall be imputed to that man: he has shed blood; that man shall be cut off from among his people.

v’-el PE-takh O-hel mo-AYD LO he-vee-O l’-hak-REEV kor-BAN la-do-NAI lif-NAY mish-KAN a-do-NAI DAM yay-kha-SHAYV la-EESH ha-HU DAM sha-FAKH v’-nikh-RAT ha-EESH ha-HU mi-KE-rev a-MO

ד  וְאֶל־פֶּתַח אֹהֶל מוֹעֵד לֹא הֱבִיאוֹ לְהַקְרִיב קָרְבָּן לַיהֹוָה לִפְנֵי מִשְׁכַּן יְהֹוָה דָּם יֵחָשֵׁב לָאִישׁ הַהוּא דָּם שָׁפָךְ וְנִכְרַת הָאִישׁ הַהוּא מִקֶּרֶב עַמּוֹ׃

17:4   And does not bring it to the entrance of the Tent of Meeting

Model of the Second Beit Hamikdash, Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Once the Mishkan is constructed, and again after the Beit Hamikdash is built in Yerushalayim, it becomes forbidden to offer sacrifices anywhere else. This is because Hashem wants the acts of worshipping Him to bring unity among the people, and is also designed to minimize the danger of changes being introduced to the manner of worship. In addition, the mandate that sacrifices be brought only in the Beit Hamikdash requires everyone to travel to Yerushalayim at least three times a year. God’s system ensures that everyone will have the triannual opportunity to be uplifted by the holiness of the Beit Hamikdash and the holy city of Yerushalayim.

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  • So does that mean that when the Temple is rebuilt those things will be irrelevent or will they become part of the history of the last 2000 years? and the there will be sacrifices again?

    • The idea that prayer takes the place of Temple sacrifice in the absence of the Temple is based on the verse if Hosea 14:3 "so will we render for bullocks the offering of our lips." According to the overwhelming majority opinion among the Sages, there will be sacrifices again in the Third Temple.

  • For the past 2,000 years, rabbis have instructed Jewish people to believe that the Temple sacrifices have been replaced with prayer (tefilah), repentance(t’shuvah), and charity (tzedakah).


Leviticus 17:4

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