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One answer given is that the bamot were remnants from before the centralization of the divine service, that were used as places of prayer, not of offerings. Once sanctified, it was prohibited to destroy them, even as it was forbidden to use them for offerings (see Har Tzvi al HaShas 4; HGRM"M Shulzinger HaNe'eman cited here). Alternatively, the issue was the ...



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