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For other uses, see Korban (disambiguation).
Not to be confused with Qurban, a cognate word that refers to animal sacrifice in Islam.
Not to be confused with Eid al-Adha, an Islamic festival in which the sacrifice is known as Korbani in some Asian cultures.
Not to be confused with Karbon.
"Karban" redirects here. For the village in Iran, see Karban, Iran.

The Hebrew language term korban is used for a variety of sacrificial offerings described and commanded in the Torah. The most common usages are animal sacrifice (zevah זֶבַח), peace offering and olah "burnt offering."

The Hebrew Bible narrates that God commanded the Israelites to offer offerings and sacrifices on various altars. The sacrifices were only to be offered by the hands of the Jewish priesthood, the priests. Before building the Temple in Jerusalem, when the children of Israel were in the desert, sacrifices were offered only in the Tabernacle. After building the First Temple sacrifices were allowed only in the Temple in Jerusalem. After the First Temple was destroyed sacrifices was resumed in the Second Temple period until it was also destroyed in 70 CE. After the destruction of the Second Temple sacrifices were prohibited because there was no longer a Temple, the only place allowed by Halakha for sacrifices. Offering of sacrifices was briefly reinstated during the Jewish-Roman Wars of the 2nd century AD and was continued in certain communities thereafter.[1][2][3]

The offering were often cooked and most of it eaten by the offerer, with parts given to the priests and small parts burned on the Temple mizbe'ah. Only in special cases were all of the offering given only to God, such as the case of the scapegoat.[1][4] A korban was a kosher animal sacrifice, such as a bull, sheep, goat, deer or a dove that underwent shechita (Jewish ritual slaughter). Sacrifices could also consist grain, meal, wine, or incense.[2][5][6]

When sacrifices were offered in ancient times they were offered as a fulfillment of the 613 mitzvot. Modern religious Jews instead pray or offer tzedakah as a form of charity.[7]

The main day of repentance in Judaism is Yom Kippur, a time in which God judges each individual yearly. In ancient times the High Priest would have sacrificed the scapegoat.[8] Today since there is no longer a temple chosen by God, or a High Priest, religious Jews fast and give tzedakah.[9] Some, more common among Ashkenazi Jews, also perform kapparot as a form of tzedakah.[10]

The practice and nature of sacrifices in Judaism are based on the 613 commandments, Jewish theology and halakha. According to the Jewish perception the coming of the messiah will not remove the requirement to keep the 613 commandments.[11] Most Orthodox Jews believe that animal sacrifice will be resumed once the third temple is built, others believe that prayer and tzedakah will suffice.

Etymology[edit]

Noun qorban and verb qarab
In this paragraph, Latin Q is used to represent Hebrew ק and its Semitic counterparts. This is common in linguistic studies. See Romanization of Hebrew. However, the spelling korban is more common in non-academic English-language writing.

The Semitic root Q-R-B (Hebrew ק-ר-ב) means "to be close to someone/something"; other words from the root include karov, "close", and kerovim, "relatives." The senses of root meaning "to offer" suggest that the act of offering brings one closer to the receiver of the offering (here, God). The same stem is found in Hebrew and for example in the Akkadian language noun aqribtu "act of offering." The Hebrew feminine noun qorban (plural qorbanot קָרְבֳּנוֹת) first occurs in the Hebrew Bible in Leviticus 1:2 and in all occurs 80 times in the Massoretic Text; of which 40 in Leviticus, 38 in Numbers and 2 in Ezekiel. The related form qurban appears only in Nehemiah 10:35 and 13:31 "wood offering." Traditionally the etymology is from the verb stem karab and indicates the purpose to bring man close to God.[12][13] The Hebrew noun korban, in Classical Hebrew, is pronounced qarban in Sephardic Hebrew.

The Hebrew word qorban passed as a loan word into Samaritan as qaraban, into Syriac as qurbana, and is documented in [14]

The Septuagint generally translates the term in Greek as doron, "gift", thusia "sacrifice", or prosfora "offering up". By the time of the Second Commonwealth in Jewish Hellenistic texts qorban had come to be specific to a vow. The New Testament preserves qorban once as a transliterated loan-word for a vow, once also a related noun korbanas "temple treasury", otherwise using doron, thusia, prosfora and other terms drawn from the Septuagint. Josephus also generally uses other words for "offering" but uses korban for the vow of the Nazirites (Antiquities of the Jews 4:73 / 4,4,4) and cites Theophrastus as having cited a korban vow among the Tyrians (Against Apion 1.167 / 1,22,4).[15]

The word Korban is pronounced similarly in the Arabic language (Arabic qurbān قربان) and Mizrahi Hebrew, and also means a sacrifice offered to God. The word is used in Islam besides its use in Judaism.

Historical background[edit]

Judaism from its beginning opposed and prohibited worship by human sacrifices.[16] The story of binding of Isaac symbolizes this.[17]

Purpose[edit]

Contrary to the common belief held in Christian theology that Karbanot were for sins, their use was far more complex—only some Karbanot in restrictive circumstances were used to atone for certain kinds of sins, and these sacrifices had to be accompanied with other means of atonement to be considered legitimate. There were many other purposes for bringing Karbanot, and the expiatory effect is often incidental, and is subject to significant limitations. Certain Karbanot are brought purely for the purpose of communing with God and becoming closer to Him. Others are brought for the purpose of expressing thanks to God, love or gratitude. [18]

When Karbanot was used for atonement, it was not to atone for the sins of the sinner, ie to cause them to be forgiven, but to purify the defilement in the Temple caused by the sins. Further, the use of Karbanot was circumscribed for certain types of sins. Sins in Judaism consist of different grades of severity:

  • The lightest is the "ḥeṭ," "ḥaṭṭa'ah," or "ḥaṭṭat" (lit. "fault," "shortcoming," "misstep"), an infraction of a commandment committed in ignorance of the existence or meaning of that command.
  • The second kind is the "'awon," a breach of a minor commandment committed with a full knowledge of the existence and nature of that commandment ("bemezid").
  • The gravest kind is the "pesha'" or "mered," a presumptuous and rebellious act against God. Its worst form is the "resha'," such an act committed with a wicked intention.

These three degrees are mentioned by the Psalmist (cvi. 6): "We have sinned ["ḥaṭa'nu"], . . . we have committed iniquity ["he-'ewinu"], we have done wickedly ["hirsha'nu"]" (comp. I Kings viii. 47; Dan. ix. 5). [19]

With few exceptions, Karbanot could only be used as a means of atoning for the first type of sin, that is sins committed in ignorance that the thing was a sin. [20] In addition, qorbanot have no expiating effect unless the person making the offering sincerely repents his or her actions before making the offering, and makes restitution to any person who was harmed by the violation.[21]

Hebrew Bible[edit]

Offerings were practiced from earliest times, particularly for over one thousand years in the tabernacle and during the eras of the Temple of Solomon and the Second Temple in Jerusalem when the Israelites lived in the Land of Israel until the destruction of Judea, Jerusalem, and the Temple by the Roman Empire in 70 CE.[22] Offerings are mentioned in Genesis, but codified in the later four books of the Torah outlining their origins and history.[23] Every regular weekday, Sabbath, and many Jewish holidays had their own unique offerings.[24] The priests performed the offerings first in the ancient Tabernacle and then in the Temple of Solomon (the first Temple in Jerusalem) and later in the Second Temple in Jerusalem.[25] The Hebrew Bible describes the priests as descendants of Aaron who meet certain marriage and ritual purity requirements.[26] The high priest in particular played a crucial role in this regard on the Day of Atonement, a day when multiple offerings were offered.[27]

Women and offerings[edit]

Women were required to perform a number of offerings, including:

  • Childbirth The offerings following childbirth described in Leviticus 12.
  • Thank offering and its accompanying meal offering following recovery from illness or danger
  • Passover The Passover sacrifice on Passover. Women could offer the sacrifice and hold a seder themselves if they wished, even if married.
  • Sin offerings or guilt offerings in atonement for transgressions and unintentional errors.
  • Offerings relevant to fulfillment of, or transgression of, the Nazirite vow.
  • Offerings following cure from certain diseases and unusual bodily discharges.

Women could also voluntarily participate in a number of other offerings and rituals for which they were not obligated, including:

In the Prophets[edit]

Many books of the prophets in the Hebrew Bible, such as the Book of Isaiah and Book of Jeremiah, spoke out against those Israelites who brought forth sacrifices but did not act in accord with the precepts of the Law. The Prophets disparaged sacrifices that were offered without a regeneration of the heart, i.e., a determined turning from sin and returning to God by striving after righteousness (Hosea 14:1-2, Joel 2:13, Micah 6:6-8). At the same time, prophets stressed the importance of offerings combined with justice and good even as they taught that offerings were unacceptable unless combined with heartfelt repentance and good deeds. Malachi, the last prophet in the Hebrew Bible, emphasized that the goal of repentance is not to end sacrifices, but to make the offerings fit for acceptance once again (Malachi 3:3-4). Similarly, the Book of Isaiah despite disparagement of sacrifices without justice, portrays sacrifice as having a role complementary with prayer in a universalistic eschatology (Isaiah 56:1; 6-7).

"2 Return, O Israel, unto the LORD thy God; for thou hast stumbled in thine iniquity. 3 Take with you words, and return unto the LORD; say unto Him: 'Forgive all iniquity, and accept that which is good; so will we render for bullocks the offering (Korban) of our lips. " Hosea 14

"6 Wherewith shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before Him with burnt-offerings, with calves of a year old? 7 Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my first-born for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?' 8 It hath been told thee, O man, what is good, and what the LORD doth require of thee: only to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God." Micah 6

"21 I hate, I despise your feasts, and I will take no delight in your solemn assemblies. 22 Yea, though ye offer me burnt-offerings and your meal-offerings, I will not accept them; neither will I regard the peace-offerings of your fat beasts. 23 Take thou away from Me the noise of thy songs; and let Me not hear the melody of thy psalteries. 24 But let justice well up as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream." Amos 5

Rabbinical interpretation[edit]

100 among the 613 commandments[edit]

In classical rabbinic literature Leviticus is sometimes known as Torat kohanim "Law of the Priests," the "Law [book of the] Priests".[28][29][citation needed] According to Maimonides, about one hundred of the permanent 613 commandments based on the Torah, by rabbinical enumeration, directly concern sacrifices, (excluding those commandments that concern the actual Temple and the priests themselves of which there are about another fifty)[30]

Instructions in Mishnah and Talmud[edit]

The Mishnah and Talmud devote a very large section, known as a seder, to the study and analysis of this subject known as Kodshim, whereby all the detailed varieties of korbanot are enumerated and analyzed in great logical depth, such as kodshim kalim ("of minor degree of sanctity") and kodashei kodashim ("of major degree of sanctity"). In addition, large parts of every other book of the Talmud discuss various kinds of sacrifices. As but a few examples, Pesachim is largely devoted to a discussion of how to offer the Pesach (Passover) sacrifice. Yoma contains a detailed discussion of the offerings and Temple ritual on Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), and there are sections in seder Moed (Festivals) for the special offerings and Temple ritual for other major Jewish holidays. Sheqalim discusses the annual half-shekel offering for Temple maintenance and Temple governance and management, Nashim discusses the offerings made by Nazirites and the suspected adultress, etc.

The Talmud provides extensive details not only on how to perform sacrifices but how to adjudicate difficult cases, such what to do if a mistake was made and whether improperly performing one of the required ritual elements invalidates it or not. The Talmud explains how to roast the Passover offering, how to dash blood from different kinds of sacrifices upon the altar, how to prepare the incense, the regulatory code for the system of taxation that financed the priesthood and public sacrifices, and numerous other details.

Rationale and Rabbinic commentary[edit]

Maimonides, a medieval Jewish scholar, drew on the early critiques of the need for sacrifice, taking the view that God always held sacrifice inferior to prayer and philosophical meditation. However, God understood that the Israelites were used to the animal sacrifices that the surrounding pagan tribes used as the primary way to commune with their gods. As such, in Maimonides' view, it was only natural that Israelites would believe that sacrifice would be a necessary part of the relationship between God and man. Maimonides concludes that God's decision to allow sacrifices was a concession to human psychological limitations. It would have been too much to have expected the Israelites to leap from pagan worship to prayer and meditation in one step. In his Guide to the Perplexed he writes:

"But the custom which was in those days general among men, and the general mode of worship in which the Israelites were brought up consisted in sacrificing animals... It was in accordance with the wisdom and plan of God...that God did not command us to give up and to discontinue all these manners of service. For to obey such a commandment would have been contrary to the nature of man, who generally cleaves to that to which he is used; it would in those days have made the same impression as a prophet would make at present [the 12th Century] if he called us to the service of God and told us in His name, that we should not pray to God nor fast, nor seek His help in time of trouble; that we should serve Him in thought, and not by any action." (Book III, Chapter 32. Translated by M. Friedlander, 1904, The Guide for the Perplexed, Dover Publications, 1956 edition.)

In contrast, many others such as Nachmanides (in his Torah commentary on Leviticus 1:9) disagreed. Nachmanides cites the fact that the Torah records the practices of animal and other sacrifices from the times of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and earlier. Indeed, the purpose of recounting the near sacrifice of Isaac, known in Judaism as "The Binding of Isaac" (Akeidat Yitzhak or the Akeidah) was to illustrate the sublime significance and need of animal sacrifices as supplanting the abomination of human sacrifices.

In Spiritual practice[edit]

The korban also has a spiritual meaning, and refers to some part of an individual's ego, which is given up as a sacrifice to God in honor of the mortality of the worshipper. In keeping with the root of the word, meaning to draw close, and to the common usage as the sacrifice of an animal, so too can the worshipper sacrifice something of this world in order to become closer to God.[31]

The end of sacrifices[edit]

With the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem by the Romans, the Jewish practice of offering korbanot stopped for all intents and purposes. Despite subsequent intermittent periods of small Jewish groups offering the traditional sacrifices on the Temple Mount, the practice effectively ended.

Rabbinic Judaism was forced to undergo a significant development in response to this change; no longer could Judaism revolve round the Temple services. The destruction of the Temple led to a development of Judaism in the direction of text study, prayer, and personal observance. Orthodox Judaism regards this as being largely an alternative way of fulfilling the obligations of the Temple. Other branches of Judaism (Conservative, Reform, and Reconstructionist) regard the Korbanot as an ancient ritual that will not return. A range of responses is recorded in classical rabbinic literature, describing this subject.

Once, Rabbi Yohanan ben Zakkai was walking with his disciple, Rabbi Y'hoshua, near Jerusalem after the destruction of the Temple. Rabbi Y'hoshua looked at the Temple ruins and said "Alas for us!! The place that atoned for the sins of the people Israel lies in ruins!" Then Rabbi Yohannan ben Zakkai spoke to him these words of comfort: 'Be not grieved, my son. There is another equally meritorious way of gaining ritual atonement, even though the Temple is destroyed. We can still gain ritual atonement through deeds of loving-kindness. For it is written "Loving kindness I desire, not sacrifice." (Hosea 6:6)
Midrash Avot D'Rabbi Nathan 4:5

In the Babylonian Talmud, a number of sages opined that following Jewish law, doing charitable deeds, and studying Jewish texts is greater than performing animal sacrifices.

Rabbi Elazar said: Doing righteous deeds of charity is greater than offering all of the sacrifices, as it is written: "Doing charity and justice is more desirable to the Lord than sacrifice" (Proverbs 21:3).
Babylonian Talmud, Sukkah 49

Nonetheless, numerous texts of the Talmud stress the importance of and hope for eventual re-introduction of sacrifices, and regard their loss as a terrible tragedy. Partaking of sacrificial offerings was compared to eating directly at one's Father's table, whose loss synagogue worship does not quite entirely replace. One example is in Berachot:

And I said to him: I heard a heavenly voice that was cooing like a dove and saying, "Woe to the children because of whose sins I destroyed My house, and burned My temple, and exiled them among the nations of the world. And he [Elijah the prophet] said to me: "By your life and the life of your head! It is not only at this moment that [the heavenly voice] says this. But on each and every day it says this three times. And not only this, but at the time that the people of Israel enter the synagogues and houses of study, and respond (in the Kaddish) "May His great name be blessed", the Holy One, Blessed is He, shakes His head and says: "Fortunate for the king who is praised this way in his house. What is there for the Father who has exiled His children. And woe to the children who have been exiled from their Father's table." (Talmud Berachot 3a).

Another example is in Sheqalim:

Rabbi Akiva said: Shimon Ben Loga related the following to me: I was once collecting grasses, and I saw a child from the House of Avitnas (the incense-makers). And I saw that he cried, and I saw that he laughed. I said to him, "My son, why did you cry?" He said, Because of the glory of my Father's house that has decreased." I asked "And why did you laugh?" He said to me "Because of the glory prepared for the righteous in the future." I asked "And what did you see?" [that brought on these emotions]. "The herb maaleh ashan is growing next to me. [Maaleh Ashan is the secret ingredient in the incense that made the smoke rise, which according to the Talmud the House of Avitnas never revealed.]"

Liturgical attention to end of sacrifices[edit]

Numerous details of the daily religious practice of an ordinary Jew are connected to keeping memory of the rhythm of the life of the Temple and its sacrifices. For example, the Mishna begins with a statement that the Shema Yisrael (Hear O Israel) prayer is to be recited in the evening at the time when Kohanim who were Tamei (ritually impure) are permitted to enter to eat their Terumah (a food-tithe given to priests) following purification. A detailed discussion of the obligations of tithing, ritual purity, and other elements central to the Temple and priesthood is required in order to determine the meaning of this contemporary daily Jewish obligation.

Other occasions[edit]

Jewish services for Shabbat, Jewish holidays and other occasions include special prayers for the restoration of sacrifices. For example, the traditional Yom Kippur liturgy contains repeated prayers for the restoration of sacrifices and every High Holiday Amidah contains Isaiah 56:7:

Even them will I bring to My holy mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer; their burnt-offerings and their sacrifices shall be acceptable upon Mine altar; for My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.[32]

Modern view and resumption of sacrifices[edit]

Future of sacrifices in Judaism[edit]

Since the destruction of the Temple, Judaism has instituted a system of study, public Torah readings, and prayers that connect the Jewish people to the Temple and the Temple service.

The prevailing belief among rabbinic Jews is that in the messianic era, the Jewish Messiah will come and a Third Temple will be built. It is believed that the korbanot will be reinstituted, but to what extent and for how long is unknown. Some biblical and classical rabbinic sources hold that most or all sacrifices will not need to be offered.

  • In the future all sacrifices, with the exception of the Thanksgiving-sacrifice, will be discontinued. (Midrash Vayikra Rabbah 9:7)
  • All sacrifices will be annulled in the future. (Tanchuma Emor 14, Vayikra Rabbah 9:7)
  • Then the grain-offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to God as in the days of old, and as in ancient years. (Malachi 3:4)
  • It is impossible to go suddenly from one extreme to the other;...the custom which was in those days general among all men, and the general mode of worship in which the Israelites were brought up consisted of sacrificing animals in the temples... For this reason God allowed this kind of service to continue. The sacrificial system is not the primary object, rather supplications, and prayer. (Maimonides, The Guide to the Perplexed III 32)

The majority view of classical rabbis is that the Torah's commandments will still be applicable and in force during the messianic era. However, a significant minority of rabbis held that most of the commandments will be nullified in the messianic era, thus holding that sacrifices will not be reinstated. Examples of such rabbinic views include:

  • Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Niddah 61b and Tractate Shabbat 151b.
  • Midrash Shochar Tov (Mizmor 146:5) states that God will permit what is now forbidden.

Orthodox Judaism holds that in the messianic era, most or all of the korbanot will be reinstituted, at least for a time. Conservative Judaism and Reform Judaism, hold that no animal sacrifices will be offered in a rebuilt Temple at all, following the position of Tanchuma Emor 14 and Vayikra Rabbah 9:7. See the article on the Temple in Jerusalem for examples of how prayerbooks by many Jewish groups deal with this issue.

Nineteenth and Twentieth century[edit]

In the 1800s a number of Orthodox rabbis studied the idea of reinstating korbanot on the Temple Mount, even though the messianic era had not yet arrived and the Temple was not rebuilt. A number of responsa concluded that within certain parameters, it is permissible according to Jewish law to offer such sacrifices.

During the early 20th century, Rabbi Yisrael Meir Kagan known as the Chofetz Chaim and himself a kohen, advised some followers to set up special yeshivas for married students known as Kodshim Kollels that would specialize in the study of the korbanot and study with greater intensity the kodshim sections of the Talmud in order to prepare for the arrival of the Jewish Messiah who would oversee the rebuilding of the original Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem that would be known as the Third Temple. His advice was taken seriously and today there are a number of well-established Haredi institutions in Israel that focus solely on the subject of the korbanot, kodshim, and the needs of the future Jewish Temple, such as the Brisk yeshivas.

Efforts to restore Korbanot[edit]

Main article: The Third Temple

A few groups, notably the Temple Institute and the Temple Mount Faithful, have petitioned the Israeli government to rebuild a Third Temple on the Temple Mount and restore sacrificial worship. The Israeli government has not responded favorably. Most Orthodox Jews regard rebuilding a Temple as an activity for a Jewish Messiah as part of a future Jewish eschatology, and most non-Orthodox Jews do not believe in the restoration of sacrificial worship at all. The Temple Institute has been constructing ritual objects in preparation for a resumption of sacrifices.

View among modern Jewish denominations[edit]

Contemporary Orthodox Judaism[edit]

Today Orthodox Judaism includes mention of each korban on either a daily basis in the siddur (daily prayer book), or in the machzor (holiday prayerbook) as part of the prayers for the relevant days concerned. They are also referred to in the prayerbooks of Conservative Judaism, in an abbreviated fashion.

On each Jewish holiday the sections in the Torah mentioning that festival's korbanot is read out loud in synagogue.

Daily Services[edit]

In the very early morning daily Shacharit prayers for example, they include the following in order of mention, actually called the korbanot. (The following example is taken from the Ashkenazi liturgy.)

  • Kiyor Describing the basin containing pure water to wash up before touching the korbanot (offerings), based on Exodus 30: 17-21.[33]
  • Trumat Hadeshen Removing the ashes of the korban olah (elevation offering), based on Leviticus 6:1-6.[34]
  • Korban Tamid Perpetual daily offerings: "...Fire-offering...male yearling lambs unblemished two a day..." based on Numbers 28:1-8.[35]
  • Ketoret Incense [from] spices: "...stacte, onycha, and galbanum, ...and frankincense..." Based on Exodus 30:34-36;7-8...[33]"myrrh, cassia, spikenard, saffron, costus, aromatic bark, cinnamon, ley, salt, amber..." based on the Babylonian Talmud Kritut 6a; Jerusalem Talmud Yoma 4:5; 33a.
  • Korban Musaf The additional offerings for Shabbat: "On the Sabbath...two male lambs...fine flour for a meal offering mixed with oil and its wine libation..." based on Numbers 28:9-10.[35]
  • Korban Rosh Chodesh Offering for the new month: ...Two young bulls, one ram, seven lambs...fine flour ...mixed with olive oil...one he goat... and its wine libation." Based on Numbers 28: 11-15.[35]
  • Zevachim Chapter 5 of Mishnah Zevachim is then cited. (It was included in the siddur at this stage because it discusses all the sacrifices and the sages do not dispute within it):
    • A. Eizehu mekoman shel z'vachim Places for the zevachim korbanot to be offered: "...The slaughter of the bull and the he-goat of Yom Kippur is in the north [of the altar]..."
    • B. Parim hanisrafim Bulls that are completely burned: "...These are burned in the place where the [altar] ashes are deposited."
    • C. Chatot hatzibur v'hayachid Sin offerings of the community and the individual: "...The he-goats...are eaten within the [Temple courtyard] curtains by male priests...until midnight."
    • D. Ha'olah kodesh kodashim The elevation offering is among the offerings with a major-degree-of-holiness: "...it is entirely consumed by fire."
    • E. Zivchei shalmei tzibur v'ashamot Communal peace offerings and guilt offerings: "...are eaten within the [Temple courtyard] by males of the priesthood...until midnight."
    • F. Hatodah v'eil nazir kodashim kalim The thanksgiving offering and the ram of a Nazirite are offerings of a minor-degree holiness: "They are eaten throughout the city [of Jerusalem ] by anyone, prepared in any manner...until midnight..."
    • G. Sh'lamim kodashim kalim The peace offerings are of lesser (lighter) holiness: "...Is eaten by the kohanim...throughout the city [of Jerusalem] by anyone..."
    • H. Hab'chor vehama'aser vehapesach kodashim kalim The firstborn and tithe of animals and the Passover offering are offerings of lesser (lighter) holiness: "...The Passover offering is eaten only at night...only if roasted."
  • Rabbi Yishmael omer Rabbi Yishmael says: Through thirteen rules is the Torah elucidated. (Introduction to the Sifra, part of the Oral Law).
  • Yehi Ratzon (Ending) The study session concludes with a prayer ("May it be thy will...) for the restoration of the Temple in Jerusalem and the resumption of sacrifices. (...that the Temple be rebuilt speedily in our days, and grant our portion in your Torah and there we shall serve you with reverence as in days of old and in former years. And may the grain offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasing to God, as in days of old and in former years.")

The Amidah

  • Retzai Every the Orthodox Amidah prayer, the central prayer of Jewish services, contains the paragraph: "Be favorable, Oh Lord our God, to your people Israel and their prayer, and restore the service of the Holy of Holies of Your House, and accept the fire-offerings of Israel and their prayer with love and favor, and may the service of your people Israel always be favored." Conservative Judaism removes the words "fire offerings of Israel" from this prayer.
  • Yehi Ratzon Private recitiation of the Amidah traditionally ends with the Yehi Ratzon prayer for the restoration of the Temple.
  • The Amidah itself is said to represent liturgically the purpose of the daily Korban, while the recitation of the korbanot sections fulfill the formal responsibility to perform them, in the absence of the Temple.

The weekday Torah reading

  • A set of blessings connected with the weekday Torah reading include a prayer for the restoration of the Temple: "May it be the will before our Father who is in heaven to establish the House of our lives and to return his shekhina (Divine presence) into our midst, speedily, in our days, and let us say Amen."

In Conservative Judaism[edit]

Conservative Judaism disavows the resumption of Korbanot. Consistent with this view, it has deleted prayers for the resumption of sacrifices from the Conservative Siddur, including both the morning study section from the sacrifices, prayers for the restoration of Korbanot in the Amidah, and various mentions elsewhere. Consistent with its view that a priesthood and sacrificial system will not be restored, Conservative Judaism has also lifted certain restrictions on Kohanim, including limitations on marriage prohibiting marrying a divorced woman or a convert. Conservative Judaism does, however, believe in the restoration of a Temple in some form, and in the continuation of Kohanim and Levites under relaxed requirements, and has retained references to both in its prayer books. Consistent with its stress on the continuity of tradition, many Conservative synagogues have also retained references to Shabbat and Festival Korbanot, changing all references to sacrifices into the past tense (e.g. the Orthodox "and there we will sacrifice" is changed to "and there they sacrificed"). Some more liberal Conservative synagogues, however, have removed all references to sacrifices, past or present, from the prayer service. The most recent official Conservative prayer book, Sim Shalom, provides both service alternatives.

In Reform and Reconstructionist Judaism[edit]

Reform Judaism and Reconstructionist Judaism disavow all belief in a restoration of a Temple, the resumption of Korbanot, or the continuation of identified Kohanim or Levites. These branches of Judaism believe that all such practices represent ancient practices inconsistent with the requirements of modernity, and have removed all or virtually all references to Korbanot from their prayer books.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.jewfaq.org/qorbanot.htm
  2. ^ a b http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/2091/why-do-jews-no-longer-sacrifice-animals
  3. ^ http://the-tabernacle-place.com/articles/what_is_the_tabernacle
  4. ^ http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/2203-azazel
  5. ^ http://jewsforjudaism.org/knowledge/articles/answers/jewish-polemics/texts/scriptural-studies/leviticus-1711/
  6. ^ http://beithamikdash.org.il/%D7%A7%D7%A8%D7%91%D7%A0%D7%95%D7%AA/%D7%A2%D7%91%D7%95%D7%93%D7%95%D7%AA-%D7%94%D7%A7%D7%95%D7%A8%D7%91%D7%9F
  7. ^ Anita Diamant (2007). Choosing a Jewish Life: A Handbook for People Converting to Judaism and for Their Family and Friends. Random House LLC. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  8. ^ http://www.myjewishlearning.com/holidays/Jewish_Holidays/Yom_Kippur/In_the_Community/Prayer_Services/Torah_Reading_Morning.shtml
  9. ^ http://www.jewfaq.org/holiday4.htm
  10. ^ https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Judaism/kapparot.html
  11. ^ Robert W. Jenson, Eugene Korn, eds. (2012). Covenant and Hope: Christian and Jewish Reflections : Essays in Constructive Theology from the Institute for Theological Inquiry. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. p. 119. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  12. ^ Solomon Schechter in Understanding rabbinic Judaism, from Talmudic to modern times ed. Jacob Neusner p229 "Hence the injunction to bring a Korban (sacrifice) even in this case; the effect of the Korban, as its etymology (Karab) indicates, is to bring man back to God, or rather to facilitate this approach."
  13. ^ Judaism in biological perspective: biblical lore and Judaic practices Rick Goldberg - 2008 "The traditional etymology of korban is of a valuable object "brought near to God " (through the sacrificial act)."
  14. ^ Heinz-Josef Fabry, extensive entry qorban in Theological dictionary of the Old Testament ed. Helmer Ringgren. pages 152-158
  15. ^ S Zeitlin Korban The Jewish Quarterly Review, 1962 - JSTOR "Josephus, in Against Apion, who endeavored to ... Greek world was acquainted with the Judaeans, wrote that, "The laws of the Tyrians forbid men to swear foreign oaths, among which he [Theophrastus] enumerates some others and particularly that called korban, which oath ..."
  16. ^ https://books.google.com/books?id=y9lCBAAAQBAJ&pg=PA115&lpg=PA115&dq=judaism+prohibition+of+human+sacrifice&source=bl&ots=zNyvcKDKVK&sig=Si4RKPHWdr8I27eeiQX5ddWcIU4&hl=en&sa=X&ei=lPdpVdWVJfPjsAT9hYDYBw&ved=0CEAQ6AEwBQ#v=onepage&q=judaism%20prohibition%20of%20human%20sacrifice&f=false
  17. ^ Irving Greenberg. 1988. The Jewish Way: Living the Holidays. New York : Summit Books. p.195.
  18. ^ https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Judaism/qorbanot.html
  19. ^ Jewish Encyclopedia — SIN
  20. ^ Judaism 101: Qorbanot
  21. ^ Judaism 101: Qorbanot
  22. ^ Baruch A. Levine In the presence of the Lord: a study of cult and some cultic terms 1974 Page 99 "The Bible gives evidence of two modes of sacrifice in ancient Israel: 1) Altar sacrifices, of which at least some part was consumed by the altar fire, or was burnt as incense, and 2) Offerings placed before the deity and ..."
  23. ^ Michael Carasik The commentators' Bible: the JPS Miqra'ot gedolot Exodus 2005 Page 3 "The majority of Leviticus deals with the offerings: how they are to be made, by whom, and where, as well as the ancillary rules that go along ...."
  24. ^ James E Smith The Pentateuch Page 392 2006 "Leviticus 23 presents in chronological order a list of "the Lord's appointed feasts. ... Special offerings were presented each day of the feast."
  25. ^ Henry W. Soltau The Tabernacle, the Priesthood, and the Offerings- 1972
  26. ^ Martha Himmelfarb A kingdom of priests: ancestry and merit in ancient Judaism Page 5 2006 "On the other hand, P and H, the priestly sources, grant the priesthood only to descendants of Aaron, Levi's great-grandson."
  27. ^ Alfred Edersheim The Temple -- Its Ministry and Services "The Duties of the High-priest - Seven days before the Day of Atonement the high-priest left his own house in Jerusalem, and took up his abode in his chambers in the Temple."
  28. ^ "Vayikra" Torah.org, Retrieved on 27 May 2013.
  29. ^ Levine, Baruch A. "Leviticus", Retrieved 27 May 2013.
  30. ^
    1. Not to burn anything on the Golden Altar besides incense (Exodus 30:9)
    2. To offer only unblemished animals (Leviticus 22:21)
    3. Not to dedicate a blemished animal for the altar (Leviticus 22:20)
    4. Not to slaughter it (Leviticus 22:22)
    5. Not to sprinkle its blood (Leviticus 22:24)
    6. Not to burn its khelev (Leviticus 22:22)
    7. Not to offer a temporarily blemished animal (Deuteronomy 17:1)
    8. Not to sacrifice blemished animals even if offered by non-Jews (Leviticus 22:25)
    9. Not to inflict wounds upon dedicated animals (Leviticus 22:21)
    10. To redeem dedicated animals which have become disqualified (Deuteronomy 12:15)
    11. To offer only animals which are at least eight days old (Leviticus 22:27)
    12. Not to offer animals bought with the wages of a harlot or the animal exchanged for a dog (Deuteronomy 23:19)
    13. Not to burn honey or yeast on the altar (Leviticus 2:11)
    14. To salt all sacrifices (Leviticus 2:13)
    15. Not to omit the salt from sacrifices (Leviticus 2:13)
    16. Carry out the procedure of the burnt offering as prescribed in the Torah (Leviticus 1:3)
    17. Not to eat its meat (Deuteronomy 12:17)
    18. Carry out the procedure of the sin offering (Leviticus 6:18)
    19. Not to eat the meat of the inner sin offering (Leviticus 6:23)
    20. Not to decapitate a fowl brought as a sin offering (Leviticus 5:8)
    21. Carry out the procedure of the guilt offering (Leviticus 7:1)
    22. The kohanim must eat the sacrificial meat in the Temple (Exodus 29:33)
    23. The kohanim must not eat the meat outside the Temple courtyard (Deuteronomy 12:17)
    24. A non-kohen must not eat sacrificial meat (Exodus 29:33)
    25. To follow the procedure of the peace offering (Leviticus 7:11)
    26. Not to eat the meat of minor sacrifices before sprinkling the blood (Deuteronomy 12:17)
    27. To bring meal offerings as prescribed in the Torah (Leviticus 2:1)
    28. Not to put oil on the meal offerings of wrongdoers (Leviticus 5:11)
    29. Not to put frankincense on the meal offerings of wrongdoers (Leviticus 3:11)
    30. Not to eat the meal offering of the High Priest (Leviticus 6:16)
    31. Not to bake a meal offering as leavened bread (Leviticus 6:10)
    32. The kohanim must eat the remains of the meal offerings (Leviticus 6:9)
    33. To bring all avowed and freewill offerings to the Temple on the first subsequent festival (Deuteronomy 12:5-6)
    34. To offer all sacrifices in the Temple (Deuteronomy 12:11)
    35. To bring all sacrifices from outside Israel to the Temple (Deuteronomy 12:26)
    36. Not to slaughter sacrifices outside the courtyard (of the Temple) (Leviticus 17:4)
    37. Not to offer any sacrifices outside the courtyard (of the Temple) (Deuteronomy 12:13)
    38. To offer two lambs every day (Numbers 28:3)
    39. To light a fire on the altar every day (Leviticus 6:6)
    40. Not to extinguish this fire (Leviticus 6:6)
    41. To remove the ashes from the altar every day (Leviticus 6:3)
    42. To burn incense every day (Exodus 30:7)
    43. The Kohen Gadol must bring a meal offering every day (Leviticus 6:13)
    44. To bring two additional lambs as burnt offerings on Shabbat (Numbers 28:9)
    45. To bring additional offerings on the New Month (Rosh Khodesh) (Numbers 28:11)
    46. To bring additional offerings on Passover (Numbers 28:19)
    47. To offer the wave offering from the meal of the new wheat (Leviticus 23:10)
    48. To bring additional offerings on Shavuot (Numbers 28:26)
    49. To bring two leaves to accompany the above sacrifice (Leviticus 23:17)
    50. To bring additional offerings on Rosh Hashana (Numbers 29:2)
    51. To bring additional offerings on Yom Kippur (Numbers 29:8)
    52. To bring additional offerings on Sukkot (Numbers 29:13)
    53. To bring additional offerings on Shmini Atzeret (Numbers 29:35)
    54. Not to eat sacrifices which have become unfit or blemished (Deuteronomy 14:3)
    55. Not to eat from sacrifices offered with improper intentions (Leviticus 7:18)
    56. Not to leave sacrifices past the time allowed for eating them (Leviticus 22:30)
    57. Not to eat from that which was left over (Leviticus 19:8)
    58. Not to eat from sacrifices which became impure (Leviticus 7:19)
    59. An impure person must not eat from sacrifices (Leviticus 7:20)
    60. To burn the leftover sacrifices (Leviticus 7:17)
    61. To burn all impure sacrifices (Leviticus 7:19)
    62. To follow the [sacrificial] procedure of Yom Kippur in the sequence prescribed in Parshah Acharei Mot (After the death of Aaron's sons...) (Leviticus 16:3)
    63. One who profaned property must repay what he profaned plus a fifth and bring a sacrifice (Leviticus 5:16)
    64. Not to work consecrated animals (Deuteronomy 15:19)
    65. Not to shear the fleece of consecrated animals (Deuteronomy 15:19)
    66. To slaughter the paschal sacrifice at the specified time (Exodus 12:6)
    67. Not to slaughter it while in possession of leaven (Exodus 23:18)
    68. Not to leave the fat overnight (Exodus 23:18)
    69. To slaughter the second Paschal lamb (Numbers 9:11)
    70. To eat the Paschal lamb with matzah and marror on the night of the 15th of Nissan (Exodus 12:8)
    71. To eat the second Paschal Lamb on the night of the 15th of Iyar (Numbers 9:11)
    72. Not to eat the Paschal meat raw or boiled (Exodus 12:9)
    73. Not to take the Paschal meat from the confines of the group (Exodus 12:46)
    74. An apostate must not eat from it (Exodus 12:43)
    75. A permanent or temporary hired worker must not eat from it (Exodus 12:45)
    76. An uncircumcised male must not eat from it (Exodus 12:48)
    77. Not to break any bones from the paschal offering (Exodus 12:46)
    78. Not to break any bones from the second paschal offering (Numbers 9:12)
    79. Not to leave any meat from the Paschal offering over until morning (Exodus 12:10)
    80. Not to leave the second Paschal meat over until morning (Numbers 9:12)
    81. Not to leave the meat of the holiday offering of the 14th until the 16th (Deuteronomy 16:4)
    82. To celebrate on Passover, Shavuot, and Sukkot at the Temple (bring a peace offering) (Exodus 23:14)
    83. To rejoice on these three Festivals (bring a peace offering) (Deuteronomy 16:14)
    84. Not to appear at the Temple without offerings (Deuteronomy 16:16)
    85. Not to refrain from rejoicing with, and giving gifts to, the Levites (Deuteronomy 12:19)
    86. The kohanim must not eat unblemished firstborn animals outside Jerusalem (Deuteronomy 12:17)
    87. Every person must bring a sin offering for his transgression (Leviticus 4:27)
    88. Bring an asham talui when uncertain of guilt (Leviticus 5:17-18)
    89. Bring an asham vadai when guilt is ascertained (Leviticus 5:25)
    90. Bring an oleh v'yored offering (if the person is wealthy, an animal; if poor, a bird or meal offering) (Leviticus 5:7-11)
    91. The Sanhedrin must bring an offering when it rules in error (Leviticus 4:13)
    92. A woman who had a running issue (unnatural menstrual flow) must bring an offering after she goes to the ritual bath (Leviticus 15:28-29)
    93. A woman who gave birth must bring an offering after she goes to the bath (Leviticus 12:6)
    94. A man who had a running issue (unnatural semen flow) must bring an offering after he goes to the bath (Leviticus 15:13-14)
    95. A metzora (a person with tzaraas) must bring an offering after going to the Mikveh (Leviticus 14:10)
    96. Not to substitute another beast for one set apart for sacrifice (temurah) (Leviticus 27:10)
    97. The new animal, in addition to the substituted one, retains consecration (Leviticus 27:10)
    98. Not to change consecrated animals from one type of offering to another (Leviticus 27:26)
    99. Carry out the procedure of the red heifer (Numbers 19:2)
    100. Carry out the laws of the sprinkling water (Numbers 19:21)
    101. Break the neck of a calf by the river valley following an unsolved murder (Deuteronomy 21:4)
  31. ^ Dubov, Nissan Dovid. "Jewish Meditation". Chabad-Lubavitch Media Center. Retrieved 2006-08-17. 
  32. ^ http://www.mechon-mamre.org/p/pt/pt1056.htm
  33. ^ a b http://bible.ort.org/books/pentd2.asp?ACTION=displaypage&BOOK=2&CHAPTER=30
  34. ^ http://bible.ort.org/books/pentd2.asp?ACTION=displaypage&BOOK=3&CHAPTER=6
  35. ^ a b c http://bible.ort.org/books/pentd2.asp?ACTION=displaypage&BOOK=4&CHAPTER=28

References[edit]

  • Bleich, J. David. "A Review of Halakhic Literature Pertaining to the Reinstitution of the Sacrificial Order." Tradition 9 (1967): 103-24.
  • Myers, Jody Elizabeth. "Attitudes Towards a Resumption of Sacrificial Worship in the Nineteenth Century." Modern Judaism 7, no. 1 (1987): 29-49.
  • Ticker, Jay. The Centrality of Sacrifices as an Answer to Reform in the Thought of Zvi Hirsch Kalischer. Vol. 15, Working Papers in Yiddish and East European Studies, 1975

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