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In his commentary on Leviticus 4:2, where the Torah introduces the קרבן חטאת ("sin offering"), R' Samson Raphael Hirsch explains its purpose with: The offering, with which a soul that has fallen out of focus of the Will of God which should form the centre which directs all its actions, seeks to regain the nearness of God, is called a קרבן חטאת. The ...


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The talmud, on Niddah 31b, explains that the sin-offering (chatat) after birth is to atone for inappropriate vows she might have made during the birth. (Remember, no drugs to dull the pain.) From the Soncino translation: R. Simeon b. Yohai was asked by his disciples: Why did the Torah ordain that a woman after childbirth should bring a sacrifice? He ...


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According to R' Samson Raphael Hirsch's commentary on these sections of the Torah, the Red Heifer and the death of the righteous both accomplish the same spiritually educational mission: curing people of the illusion that they are solely physical beings without free will. R' Hirsch explains his understanding of the meaning of every aspect of the Red Heifer ...


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See Tanya Iggeres HaKodesh Epistle 28. As summaries in Lessons In Tanya: To revert to the question concerning the juxtaposition of the two passages, the Alter Rebbe explains that an offering connoted an “arousal from below,” from the soul of the animal that derives from kelipat nogah. This, in turn, elicited a reciprocal “arousal from Above,” drawing ...



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