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A sacrifice. Refers to the animal and food sacrifices brought in the Temple.

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What is the mizraq (basin/bowl) used for in regards to the altar?

I understand every tool used in 'Exodus 27:3 and 38:3' except for the 'basin'. Was the basin used for burning grain offerings? Was the meat placed in the 'basin' or directly on the 'grille'? Was it ...
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Is the Altar of Burnt Offering for cooking or for consuming by fire?

Were cuts of meat cooked, was the whole animal roasted, or was meat put in the fire as a pleasing aroma?
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In the yearly cycle, how many offerings, tithes, and sacrifices would an Israelite household provide?

The purpose of this question is to understand the amount that a household would give to the tabernacle following the law found in the books of Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. One example of this ...
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Was the drink offering poured into fire?

What is the possibility that the drink offering was poured into the altar of sacrifice?
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Why did God instituted the Sacrificial system if prayers can atone for sins?

I have often seen Jews saying that prayers and repentance are sufficient for atonement, then why was the animal sacrificial system was started to begin with, and who are the Rabbis responsible for the ...
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What was God's involvement in the matter of Jephthah's daughter?

The book of Judges tells us the sad story of Jephthah (Yiftach), who vowed he would sacrifice anything coming out of his house, and it turned out to be his daughter. [Judges 11] Not only does God not ...
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Irregularities in korban specifications

When listing korbanot, Torah specifies "unblemished" immediately for all days except for Shavuot, where this requirement seems to be added later as an afterthought: Bamidbar 28:3, tamid: ...
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When did korbanot become a Jewish thing?

Cain and Abel and Noah did traditional offerings. Abraham did some odd ritual involving cutting animals in half and walking through them, Yaakov poured some oil on a rock. But does do a real sacrifice ...
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Why is the flour option available in only one case?

Vayikra 5 describes the offering required as a Chatat. This subcategory allows offerings of varying value, depending on what the guilty person can afford. Vayikra 5:11 reads וְאִם־לֹא֩ תַשִּׂ֨יג ...
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Why are we allowed to eat flour?

The Torah explicitly says that we may not eat blood because the blood is an essential element in effecting Kaparah (as explained in Vayikra 17:11 among other places): כִּי נֶפֶשׁ הַבָּשָׂר בַּדָּם ...
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Why are there so many types of mincha offering?

There is only one method of offering each category of animal and bird sacrifices. Similarly, incense can be offered in only one way. But one can choose to offer a voluntary mincha in 4 ways (flour, ...
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Can a Kohen be a vegetarian or vegan?

It's my understanding that eating meat for a Jew is optional. We are not commanded to eat meat but if we have the desire we may do so as long as it follows kashrut restrictions. On the other hand, are ...
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Is there a connection between Smicha for korbanot and Smicha for rabbis?

Is there any connection with the semichah when a person is about to offer a korban to the semicha of becoming a rabbi?
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Pesachim 97a cruel death by starvation for rejected chatas animals

Pesachim 97a calls for a very cruel death by starvation in a cage of certain chatas animals who don't qualify for sacrifice. Other unsuitable animals are left to graze and be sold. Is there any ...
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Do נסכים need to be brought לשם בעלים?

Does the Kohein need to pour the nesachim l'shem the baalim of the korban?
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Were women present in the Temple when offering the Korban Pesach?

Women are obligated to bring a korban Pesach. The mishna even talks about a group of women doing their own. So does that mean in the afternoon of the 14th of Nissan, you'd find both men and women in ...
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How can there be a custom which creates Nosar?

The Torah says not to leave over the meat of the Pesach offering (Exodus 12:10), known as the prohibition of Nosar. Even though this prohibition doesn't get lashes, either because it doesn't have an ...
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Does it matter where the flames came from in the Beit ha Mikdash?

In the Greek book commonly known as Second Maccabees (not generally recognized among Jews as being authoritative), there is a detail given about the rededication of the Second Temple where the relit ...
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Are there any examples of “par ha'elem davar” in Tanakh or Talmud?

In Lev. 4:13-15, we learn If it is the whole community of Israel that has erred and the matter escapes the notice of the congregation, so that they do any of the things which by the LORD’s ...
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Does every korban nedava need nesachim?

My understanding is that there are 3 kinds of nedavos-Olah, Mincha, and shelamim. Do olos and shelamim need nesachim?
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Can one bring a Korban Todah as a nedava if he is not from the 4 who must give thanks?

As the title says, must one be from the four who need to give thanks (edit—Brachos 54b) to bring a todah and the associated 40 chalos or can you bring it as a nedava without being from the four?
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Why are oil to flour ratios different for different animals?

Bamidbar 15:4-10 relates the menachot and nesachim for each animal: Sheep: 1 issaron of flour, 1/4 hin of oil (and 1/4 hin of wine) Ram: 2 issarons of flour, 1/3 hin of oil (and 1/3 hin of wine) Bull:...
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Why don't we say Korban HaTamid twice a day?

In Shacharit, we say Korban HaTamid in the Korbanot section, as a way for us to "bring" the Tamid offering which we no longer can bring without the Beit HaMikdash. However, the Tamid was ...
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What does sacrificing a soul mean?

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 ...
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Any good sefarim to learn basics of Kodshim?

does anyone know of any Seforim that are good introductions/ basics of Kodshim? (They can be in Hebrew/ English) Thank you so much in advance!
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No leaning for communal offerings? But there is!

M'nachos 9:9: חֹמֶר בַּסְּמִיכָה מִבַּתְּנוּפָה וּבַתְּנוּפָה מִבַּסְּמִיכָה, שֶׁאֶחָד מֵנִיף לְכָל הַחֲבֵרִים וְאֵין אֶחָד סוֹמֵךְ לְכָל הַחֲבֵרִים. וְחֹמֶר בַּתְּנוּפָה, שֶׁהַתְּנוּפָה נוֹהֶגֶת ...
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The focus of the Akeida

Why is the binding of Yitzhak the focus of the narrative more so than the attempted offering itself by Avraham?
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Chatat or Asham for Non-Jews?

Related to this and this. Non-Jews can make sacrifices anywhere in the world, regardless if there's a Mikdash standing or not. Technically, Jews need to bring a Korban Chatat or an Asham as part of ...
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Where did the sages get the idea of tying a crimson cord to the goat sent to Azazel?

Where did the sages of blessed memory get this idea recorded in the Babylonian Talmud Rosh Hashana 31b of tying a red or crimson cord to the goat sent to azazel (last week's Torah reading), in order ...
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North and South - which is it?

1) The Torah says that North, צפון, is the place for bringing kodshei kodoshim, especially-holy korbonos - like olos. For a list, see perek Eizehu Mekoman in Zevachim. 2) Chazal also say (Bava Basra ...
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Significance of mussaf korbanos

Is there a general overview and explanation available anywhere (Chazal, rishonim, achronim, contemporary) about how the system of mussaf korbanos are built? I mean, the significance and meaning ...
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Any book or website that explains the laws of korbanos?

Does anyone know a good sefer or website that explains the laws of korbanot in a clear manner, with possibly pictures included? It is very difficult to follow through the parashios, especially when it ...
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How did the Kohanim eat in the Azara?

As far as I know, it was forbidden to sit in the Azara unless you were a king descended from David. So it seems the Kohanim must have been forced to stand while eating their portions of the Kodshei ...
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Why are public sacrifices always male but personal ones are not? [duplicate]

In T'murah 2:1, the Mishna says: קרבנות היחיד נוהגין בזכרים ובנקבות, וקרבנות הציבור אינן נוהגין אלא בזכרים. Personal sacrifices can be male or female, but public sacrifices are always male. (my ...
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In Maoz Tsur should it say תִכּוֹן בֵּית זביחתי instead of תִכּוֹן בֵּית תְּפִלָּתִי

The word תְּפִלָּתִי in the poem Maoz Tsur seems out of context: תִכּוֹן בֵּית תְּפִלָּתִי וְשָׁם תּוֹדָה נְזַבֵּחַ לְעֵת תָּכִין מַטְבֵּחַ מִצָּר הַמְנַבֵּחַ אָז אֶגְמוֹר בְּשִׁיר מִזְמוֹר ...
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Why is there a difference between someone inheriting an animal and a Kohen receiving it from a Yisrael for the purposes of T'murah?

In T'murah 1:1, the Mishna starts off by saying: הכל ממירים, אחד אנשים ואחד נשים. The laws of T'murah apply to everyone, men and women. (my own loose translation) The G'mara (2a-b) explains that ...
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Why is an asham of greater holiness than a pesach offering? [duplicate]

The korbanot section in the daily siddur (Zevachim 5) describes the types of korbanot, where they were offered and the level of holiness of each type. Why are ashamot (guilt offerings) of greater ...
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Why would a non-Jew offer a sacrifice?

It seems that gentiles are allowed to offer burnt sacrifices, and may do so anywhere in the world. They do not need the Temple. A Jew may even instruct a gentile on how to do this. What is the ...
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Korban Tamid: why is “from Sinai” after the lamb and meal offering, but before the wine offering?

In the Korban Tamid (Bamidbar 28:1-8), it states, "The one lamb shalt thou offer in the morning, and the other lamb shalt thou offer at dusk; and the tenth part of an ephah of fine flour for a meal-...
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Why is meat eating sanctioned by G-d if it's potentially bad for us? [duplicate]

In parsha Noach, G-d ALLOWS man to eat meat but there is no literal commandment to do so. Later, when the Mishkan and then ultimately the Beis Hamikdash are built, there are commandments for the ...
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What's so bad about Kayin's flax?

Rashi (Bereishis 4:3) says מפרי האדמה. מִן הַגָּרוּעַ, וְיֵשׁ אַגָּדָה שֶׁאוֹמֶרֶת זֶרַע פִּשְׁתָּן הָיָה: OF THE FRUIT OF THE GROUND —of the worst fruits (Genesis Rabbah 22:5); there is an Agada ...
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How many tamids on Rosh Hashana? [duplicate]

In the musaf prayer on Rosh Hashana, we list the musaf offerings that they used to bring in the Temple in Jerusalem (and that we hope to bring again soon), special for Rosh Hashana. The text then ...
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Heter Bamos - When?

When did the heter bamos (the time when it was permitted for klal yisrael to build their own bamos) begin and end?
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What does Genesis 8:21 promise and why?

JPS Bereshith/Genesis 8:21 And the Lord smelled the pleasant aroma, and the Lord said to Himself, "I will no longer curse the earth because of man, for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his ...
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Is it only sheep that have a 30-day period between their periods of acceptability as a korban?

In Parah 1:3, we read: ‮כְּבָשִׂים, בְּנֵי שָׁנָה. וְאֵילִים, בְּנֵי שְׁתַּיִם. וְכֻלָּם מִיּוֹם לְיוֹם. בֶּן שְׁלשָׁה עָשָׂר חֹדֶשׁ אֵינוֹ כָשֵׁר לֹא לְאַיִל וְלֹא לְכֶבֶשׂ. רַבִּי טַרְפוֹן קוֹרֵהוּ ...
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Dog that was exchanged for a lamb [duplicate]

לֹֽא־תָבִיא֩ אֶתְנַ֨ן זוֹנָ֜ה וּמְחִ֣יר כֶּ֗לֶב בֵּ֛ית ה אֱלֹ-הֶ֖-יךָ (Devarim 23:19) Why a dog that was exchanged for a lamb is not allowed to be brought as an offering? Why are dogs singled out ...
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Should religious Jews look forward to the resumption of animal sacrifices?

I am trying to integrate all the facts and thoughts listed below to answer the following question: Should I hope for the resumption of animal sacrifices? 1-Prayers for rebuilding the Temple and ...
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Does anyone attempt to make sense out of the claim that korbanos won't resume?

I've occasionally seen people claim that korbanos won't resume in the time of Mashiach. The people I usually see mentioned in association with this claim are Rambam and Rav Kook. The obvious ...
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Why will sacrifices resume if prayer and repentence suffice?

When the Beis Hamikdash is restored, sacrifices are supposed to resume. But why? For centuries now we have been taught that the offerings of our lips replace bullocks. For what reason does korbonot ...
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Practicalities of the “graze until they become defected” strategy

Mishnayot Zevachim 8:1-3 repeatedly prescribe the strategy of "יִרְעוּ עַד שֶׁיִּסְתָּאֲבוּ" - "they graze until they become defected" for dealing with animals that are stuck in situations of doubt ...

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