Much of what "defines" Judaism now a days is of course the mitzvas that we keep and practice (aside from those connected to the Beis HaMikdash) Torah Study and Prayer. Each of these things have their set time and opportunity to perform with importance put on all them.
In the times when Beis HaMikdash stood and karbanos were brought, was this viewed as a "more important" part of Judaism and Jewish practice? While other mitzvas and Torah. Not to say that they are less important, but during those times was the Beis HaMikdash the "center or focal point" of Jewish practice where perhaps it did have "more importance".
What I'm really trying to understand is how integral having a Beis HaMikdash is to Jewish practice. Or is it simply like "any other mitzvah" (d'oraisa let's say) that is looked at in the same way.