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Why did rebbi Yishmael Ben Elisha as a Kohen Gadol want to bring a "Chatos Shmeina"

R. Chaim Kanievsky was asked this question (see Derech Sichah p. 337.) He answered (based on Tosafot Yevamot 104a s.v. amar rabbi yishma'el) that there were two different tanna'im with this name, only ...
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Does God forgive freely?

The concept of sin in Judaism is not one in which you took something from God, e.g. Job 35.6 אִם חָטָאתָ מַה תִּפְעָל בּוֹ וְרַבּוּ פְשָׁעֶיךָ מַה תַּעֲשֶׂה לּוֹ. If you sinned, what effect did you ...
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Was the drink offering poured into fire?

No, it was poured into a special cup on the alter with a hole in the bottom leading to a pit underneath. Succah 48a-b: נִיסּוּךְ הַמַּיִם כֵּיצַד With regard to the rite of water libation performed ...
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Is the Altar of Burnt Offering for cooking or for consuming by fire?

Whatever was placed on the altar was meant to be completely burned. Anything that was eaten would be cooked separately in regular utensils.
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In the yearly cycle, how many offerings, tithes, and sacrifices would an Israelite household provide?

Numbers 28--29 is communal offerings. Those were done by Temple priests, and funded by everyone's annual half-shekel dues. (In fact, the Talmud's tractate Shekalim is all about said public funds. ...
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Why don't we read about the korban tamid during the amidah?

R' Ezekiel Landau was asked this question and in a short responsum (Noda Bihuda OC 4; below) suggested that the text of the daily prayers needs to be available for use in additional voluntary prayers ...
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Posthumous sacrifices in Maccabees II

Jonathan Goldstein, in his commentary to II Maccabees, considers Yehuda's collection of silver as a literal misreading of the mitzva of the ḥatat offered for the collective sins of a community (Lev. 4:...
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Some questions on the Mizbeach(s)

There were supposed to be two. The book of Kings records that at least one of the wicked kings added another altar for idolatrous sacrifices. Probably because the Olah is the most important type of ...
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Can only animal sacrifices forgive sins?

When the Beis Hamkdush was standing if a Korbon/sacrifice was required then it was the only way to atone for that particular sin. Technically speaking , even when the Beis Hamkdush was standing you ...
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Can only animal sacrifices forgive sins?

It is not a matter of sacrifice but a matter of repentance. In the book of Yonah the people of Nineveh were forgiven because they sincerely repented. It does not say that Hashem saw their fasting and ...
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How Did We Afford All The Sacrificial Cattle In the Temple Era

It is possible that the most frequent sacrifices were not expensive animals but instead cheaper offerings of birds or flour. As suggested by @pcoz in comments, I note that Sefer HaChinuch explicitly ...
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Where did the Jews send the goat "for Azazel" while in the desert?

Rabbi Prof. Yoel Elitzur wrote in his book "Makom Ba'Parasha", pg. 425 (my translation): "First of all, we must remember that Yerushalayim was only chosen in the time of David and ...
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Can only animal sacrifices forgive sins?

This was a timely and urgent concern after the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem. That generation of sages formulated an answer that has guided Rabbinic Judaism ever since: Avot d'Rabbi Natan 4:...
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Parashat Emor - Connection Between Kohen and Sacrifice

They both are part of the service of G-d, and as such it is not befitting G-d's service for people or sacrifices with physical deformities to take part. See Rashi to Leviticus 21:18 in regards to why ...
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How to tell when a קרבן is a שעיר (older goat) versus שעיר עזים (kid / younger goat)

There are many who ask this question. To name a few; The Mishna L'Melech on the Rambam 1:14 seems to be the first to point it out. The Minchas Chinuch Mitzvah 299:1 brings the question as well. The ...
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Why did rebbi Yishmael Ben Elisha as a Kohen Gadol want to bring a "Chatos Shmeina"

The Rambam talks about a Kohen "mashiach" (Kohen Gadol who was oiled with the holy oil) in the mentioned halacha. We can derive from this that a Kohen Merube Begadim (a kohen Gadol who got ...
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Why is Pesach Sheni the only "second chance"?

On pessach the obligations (מצווה חיובית) of every Jewish person is to eat at least a kesayis of a korban pessach. If the individual is Tamei, he/she cannot be מקים that obligation, and thus cannot ...
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Why would the Temple turn to a House of Prayer?

The Temple was always meant to be a place of prayer, as we see from Solomon's dedication speech for the first Temple (Kings I Ch. 8): [Therefore] turn to the prayer of Your servant, and to his plea, ...
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Why would the Temple turn to a House of Prayer?

the gemara in megilla 18a explains the seder in smhone esre as follows ….. The posuk says והביאותים אל וכו.. את צמח arrival of ben david —“har kodshee” שמעtefilla —- “bbais tefilosi” רצה avoda / ...
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Why is הַמִּנְחָ֗ה in 1kings 18:36 translated as "Evening" sacrifice?

It had to be the evening sacrifice because verse 18:29 shows that the false prophets had been trying all day And as the afternoon passed and they feined to prophesy until the time of the sacrifice of ...
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What is the mizraq (basin/bowl) used for in regards to the altar?

Rashi explains the basin was used to receive the blood of the sacrifices. ומזרקתיו. לְקַבֵּל בָּהֶם דַּם הַזְּבָחִים Artscroll explains the use of the utensils in the verse you are referring to ...
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What is "the door of the tent of meeting" in Leviticus 1:3?

There are several opinions that it actually refers to the forecourt: Rashi: אל פתח אהל מועד [HE SHALL BRING IT NEAR] UNTO THE ENTRANCE OF THE APPOINTED TENT — He himself must attend to bringing it ...
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