Leviticus 7:12
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12  If he offers it for thanksgiving, he shall offer together with the sacrifice of thanksgiving unleavened cakes with oil mixed in, unleavened wafers spread with oil, and cakes of choice flour with oil mixed in, well soaked.

IM al to-DAH yak-ree-VE-nu v’-hik-REEV al ZE-vakh ha-to-DAH kha-LOT ma-TZOT b’-lu-LOT ba-SHE-men u-r’-kee-KAY ma-TZOT m’-shu-KHIM ba-SHA-men v’-SO-let mur-BE-khet kha-LOT b’-lu-LOT ba-SHA-men

יב  אִם עַל־תּוֹדָה יַקְרִיבֶנּוּ וְהִקְרִיב עַל־זֶבַח הַתּוֹדָה חַלּוֹת מַצּוֹת בְּלוּלֹת בַּשֶּׁמֶן וּרְקִיקֵי מַצּוֹת מְשֻׁחִים בַּשָּׁמֶן וְסֹלֶת מֻרְבֶּכֶת חַלֹּת בְּלוּלֹת בַּשָּׁמֶן׃

 7:12   If he offers it for thanksgiving

When one survives a life-threatening situation, he or she naturally feels a tremendous amount of gratitude to Hashem. Therefore, the Torah commands such a person to offer a thanksgiving-offering to the Lord. The Talmud (Berachot 54b) lists the four dangerous situations whose survivors are required to bring this offering: a potentially dangerous journey, dangerous imprisonment, serious illness and a sea voyage. In the absence of the Beit Hamikdash and the thanksgiving offering, the Jewish people have a special blessing, called the gomel blessing, recited to express thanks to Hashem when one overcomes a life-threatening situation. This idea of thanksgiving and being grateful is ingrained in the DNA of the Nation of Israel. In fact, the term yehudi (יהודי), ‘Jew,’ comes from the name of the tribe of Yehuda, which derives from the word hoda’ah (הודאה), ‘thanksgiving.’

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  • While the Talmud would define the reasons one would give a Thanksgiving offering, I think they miss the most important reason of all. When we count our blessings and recognize all that Elohim has done for us, how can we not be thankful. HE has given us life and instructions through the Torah for an abundant life. HE has given us this world full of wonderful sights and things to be explored. HE gives us people to share our lives with and to be in fellowship with in our homes and our communities. HE gives us families and children.
    This would be one of the primary reasons to wish for the restoration of the altar beyond atonement.
    Finally, HE gave us HIS Son, Yeshua that we might be restored to eternal life and the opportunity to be a part of HIS Kingdom.
    Our blessings are more than enough reasons to be thankful.
    Baruch Hashem.

    • Per my “living Torah” experiences, I had to laugh as my Torah teacher echoed this thought in our Torah teaching today. He noted that as believers we have so much to be thankful for that if we had a Temple and an altar and a Levitical priesthood functioning, we’d be there everyday with a “thanksgiving offering”.
      However, he then said that the thanksgiving offering is only made for specific reasons and they are given to us in Psalm 107.
      One of the reasons given is to be released from bondage which can be extended to being released from the bondage of sin and death. I find plenty to be thankful in that.
      Baruch Hashem.

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