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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 ...


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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