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In addition to the mandated communal offerings, individual Jews were liable for, or permitted to bring, a variety of offerings of their own. How often did the average Israelite bring each type of offering in a year? Was this pretty routine, or unusual? (Sin-offerings and wellbeing-offerings seem like they could be pretty variable.)

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The minimum of an average person had to go to the Bais Hamikdash for the 3 Regolim and that meant a Korban Olas Re'iya and a Chagiga. In addition, on Erev Pesach they had to bring a Korban Pesach (which was brought in groups as opposed to the individual). As far as how often a person would have to go to the Mikdash, even if a person is obligated to bring a Korbon s/he did not have to bring it straight away s/he had to bring it by the next of the 3 Regolim, if s/he did not then s/he would trangress a Mitzvas Asei. If s/he did not bring it by the end of 3 Regolim s/he would trangress a Mitzvas Lo Sa'saei as well. See Rosh Hashana 4a and rambam Hilchos Ma'asei Hakorbonos 14:13.

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It should be clarified that the "average person" refered to in the answer above actually means adult males only and does not include the "average person" who may have been female. Although it is correct to say that three times a year was the minimum that an adult male had to appear at the Beit ha-Mikdash to bring korbanot associated with the three festivals, this still doesn't give us an idea of how many times the average person (including women) might have had to bring a korban which was not associated with the three festivals, such as a sin offering, etc. –  Shemmy Apr 3 '12 at 9:44
Thanks, and welcome to J.SE. As @Shemmy said, I'm hoping to get some perspective on all the non-chag korbanot -- sin-offerings seem to be owed for a great many things that don't seem that uncommon, but were people really running to the beit hamikdash every week or two? –  Monica Cellio Apr 3 '12 at 13:00
I see that Meir Zirkind has edited his original answer somewhat, and it now includes a bit more information about the possible timing of korbanot other than the Shalosh Regalim. Providing text sources for this additional info about timing would be wonderful and would make your answer much more useful. –  Shemmy Apr 5 '12 at 9:10

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