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The Talmud Bavli in Chagiga 12b mentions that there is a place where the angel Michael offers korbanos to Hashem. The Chiddushei Aggados commentary (can be seen on the above link on Sefaria) states a classic that I've seen in earlier sources as well -- that Michael sacrifices the souls of tzaddikim.

I wanted to know what that means exactly. It's clearly a symbolic image, so what does it mean to "offer the soul of the tzaddik as a korban?

Also, I understand the reason why Michael does it (as opposed to any other malach) is because he functions like a kohen gadol in the realm of the angels (which the Chiddushei Aggados also says). However, why is the help of a malach altogether needed -- wouldn't we consider the entire life of a tzaddik exactly that, -- a sacrifice of himself to Hashem, that is performed by the person himself?

Thank you very much.

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  • Gemara says that Tzadikims death atone for the Averos of the Generation. So pashtus Michael is just the one to serve the "tzadik" as a korbon (once he's dead) on his way to meet HaShem... as a korbon has a shaychus to re'ach which the Gemara says nose has a shaychus to soul Bec of rayach – FalseMessiah Sep 6 '20 at 4:51
  • See the meforshim on the brocho in the amida of retsai. v'ishai yisroel etc. who discuss this. since some but not all say it refers to this.. – interested Sep 6 '20 at 6:59
  • @interested thank you for the reference, could you possibly please point out specific commentators that may discuss my question? – gt6989b Sep 6 '20 at 14:58
  • @gt6989b Menachos 110 tosfos – interested Sep 6 '20 at 16:41
  • outorah.org/p/7965 – interested Sep 6 '20 at 16:45

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