The Midrash says that, in the messianic age, all sacrifices will be discontinued, except for the thanksgiving offering. רַבִּי פִּנְחָס וְרַבִּי לֵוִי וְרַבִּי יוֹחָנָן בְּשֵׁם רַבִּי מְנַחֵם דְּגַלְיָא, לֶעָתִיד לָבוֹא כָּל הַקָּרְבָּנוֹת בְּטֵלִין וְקָרְבַּן תּוֹדָה אֵינוֹ בָּטֵל [Vayikra Rabbah 9:7]

But the Rambam says: The King Messiah … will build the Holy Temple and gather the dispersed of Israel, and reinstate all the laws of the Torah as before. The sacrifices will be offered, and the Sabbatical year and the Jubilee year will be instituted as outlined in the Torah. [Mishneh Torah, Laws of Kings 11-12]

So, what is the mainline thinking about sacrifices in the Messianic Age?


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Yes, and there's no contradiction:

All the relevant [for the WTC] sacrifices will be reinstated, as in the WTC there will be no sinning, no sacrifices resulting in sinning will be brought (like Asham).

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    That’s the usual abbreviation for ‘World Trade Center’; just sayin’. Also, World To Come is not when OP asked about.
    – Oliver
    Jan 30, 2019 at 19:02
  • What about the vast majority of korbanos which are not brought due to sins?
    – user6591
    Jan 31, 2019 at 0:20
  • What about all the korbanot people prayed that they would bring when the Temple is rebuilt? And the Korban of all Gerim that was never brought to complete their conversion? Mar 1, 2019 at 21:27
  • @YaacovDeane I think I was clear consolidating the two approaches, your examples fall under the first category and I don't see any problem in sacrificing Nedavot. I only claimed that no sin-related Korbanot will be reinstated as there'll be no sin.
    – Al Berko
    Mar 2, 2019 at 17:22
  • @AlBerko You seem to be confusing the term “עולם הבא” with “ימות המשיח”. See the הכל יודוך prayer said after Barchu on Shabbat for clarification. TWC, as you call it, is a generic term which refers to one of two specific ideas, the World of Souls (עולם הנשמות) which one enters after death in this world (עולם הזה), or the most commonly used meaning referring to after the resurrection of the dead. The לעתיד לבא used in the question is referring specifically to the Days of Moshiach. Mar 3, 2019 at 17:26

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