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Most of the sacrifices which are commanded in the Torah are connected with the Temple, which no longer exists. Based on the Talmud, we therefore do not make sacrifices. Instead, we recite prayers with the intention that the words can take the place of the sacrifices.

However, the Paschal sacrifice was given in the Sinai wilderness, before the Temple stood, and the details of the sacrifice do not involve the Temple. Granted, the Torah commands that all sacrifices be performed on the Temple mount. But other than this, there is no written connection between the Paschal sacrifice and the Temple.

One reason for the Jews inability to perform the Passover sacrifice throughout the years is the political impossibility of gaining access to the Temple mount for such purposes. After all, the site has been one of the holiest spots of Islam for more than a millennium.

On the other hand, it would appear that the Samaritans have continually performed the Paschal sacrifice each year on Mount Gerizim, which was the site of the Temple in the Northern kingdom. This site, as far as I know, is not a holy site to Muslims, and therefore would have been easier to access over the last millennium or so. The Samaritans perform the Paschal sacrifice, but not others, because it is the only one which is not associated with the Temple.

Is the reason for this difference in observance between Jews and Samaritans due to accessibility of the Temple mount, or is it something else?

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Is this on topic? –  Double AA Dec 20 '13 at 14:56
-1 "But other than [Torah commands that all sacrifices be performed on the Temple mount]" –  Yirmeyahu Dec 20 '13 at 16:18
@DoubleAA, the comparative part is not. However, if you strip away the Samaritan stuff (or relegate it to a parenthetical) and make the question "Why don't we bring the Paschal sacrifice now?" I think it's on-topic and answerable. –  Isaac Moses Dec 20 '13 at 17:01
@IsaacMoses Unless it's not comparative religion –  Double AA Dec 22 '13 at 7:44

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There are two reasons why the Korbon pesach is not brough by Jews today.

  1. It it s required to be performed on Har Habayit.
  2. After so long in Exile, we have just gotten used to not doing it. However, there are groups of Jews today, who work very hard on performing Koban Pesach, however the police often forbid them from doing so.
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"often" ??????? –  Double AA Dec 22 '13 at 7:43
I don't know for a fact that it is always the police who stop them. –  avi Dec 22 '13 at 7:46
@avi Do you know if our ancestors brought the Passover sacrifice at any time after the second temple (Herod's temple) was destroyed? –  Tim Biegeleisen Dec 22 '13 at 11:48
@TimBiegeleisen what I have heard is that it continued until the Romans renamed the city. But I'll double check if that was Korbon pesach, or just redeeming things in Jerusalem. I think this belief exists because the 4 questions in the Talmud Yerushalmi were not changed. –  avi Dec 22 '13 at 11:53
@TimBiegeleisen There is also a story about Rabbi Gamliel of Yavneh asking his Slave Tevi to roast the Korban pesach. This might be good question on it's own. so I'll ask it. –  avi Dec 22 '13 at 12:24

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