The primary importance of slaughtered offerings in Judaism


In performing animal sacrifices the Jews learned the importance of doing religious actions with deliberate purpose

ed note–again, one simply cannot understand the underpinnings of the actions and far-reaching plans of the Jewish state and how it deals with the rest of the world, and especially its neighbors–without first understanding the deeply-embedded religious thoughts that drive the Judaic mind.

The method by which the Jews, Israelites, Hebrews, She-brews, etc–whatever word one chooses to use in describing them–interface and communicate with the violent, racist and vindictive god of Israel, yahweh is through the ‘slaughtered offering’, whereby the priest takes a goat, sheep, or bull, places his hand on the soon-to-be slaughtered animal, transfers whatever ‘sins’ are to be forgiven, then slits the animal’s throat, chops up its body and burns it on the altar of sacrifice.

No, this is not Mel Gibsons’s brilliant movie Apocalypto, it is Judaism as outlined in the Torah, specifically the book of Leviticus to wit–

‘The priest is to lay his hand on the head of the goat, ram or bull and slaughter it at the place of the burnt offering…The priest is then to take some of the victim’s blood and smear it on the horns of the altar of burnt offering and then pour out the rest of the blood at the base of the altar. He shall remove all the fat and then the priest shall burn the victim on the altar as an aroma pleasing to the LORD, and in this way the priest will make atonement for the people of Israel and they will be forgiven their sins…’

Now, for 2,000 years, ever since Titus (and his Syrian conscript troops) destroyed the Temple, there has been no daily sacrifice, which is absolutely intrinsic to Judaism. How then do the Jews satisfy the demands for blood on the part of their violent, vindictive god yahweh?

Simple–

Adam Kirsch, Tablet Magazine

In making animal sacrifices the Jews learned the importance of doing religious actions with deliberate purpose

According to a famous saying ‘The world stands on three things, Torah, avodah, and deeds of loving-kindness.’ The word avodah is usually translated as the Temple service, the daily and yearly cycle of sacrifices and offerings prescribed in the Torah.

The amount of space devoted to sacrifices in the Torah suggests that they were very important to God. But why, exactly? Could the Creator of the universe really have been hungry for the aroma of burnt meat? Yehuda Halevi, in the Kuzari, ponders this question: “You slaughter a lamb and smear yourself with its blood, in skinning it, cleaning its entrails, washing, dismembering it, and sprinkling its blood. If this were not in consequence of a divine command, you would think little of these actions and believe that they estrange you from God rather than bring you near to Him.”

Halevi concludes that sacrifices must have had a real efficacy, guaranteed by God, even if human reason couldn’t understand why or how they functioned. Maimonides, on the other hand, developed a rational and historical analysis. In and of themselves, he argues in the Guide for the Perplexed, animal sacrifices mean nothing to God, who has no body or senses, and certainly doesn’t inhale their smoke. If Moses commanded the Israelites to offer sacrifices, it was only because, in his time and place, they were considered a normal part of religious practice. If he had tried to deprive the Israelites of sacrifice, they would have been confused and distraught—just as modern Jews would rebel if you told them that God doesn’t hear prayers (which, Maimonides implies, he doesn’t).

What is the status of an offering that is slaughtered “not for its own sake”?

In Zevachim 2b, we read that “the offering is slaughtered for the sake of the offering”—that is, it must be offered as a particular type of sacrifice. There are several kinds of sacrifices described in the Torah, including sin offerings, guilt offerings, peace offerings, and burnt offerings, each of which has a different purpose and involves different types of animals and rituals. The implication here is that, as we have seen in many other cases in the Talmud, intention matters just as much as action. If a slaughterer kills an animal for a burnt offering but he thought he was doing it for a sin offering, or vice versa, the sacrifice is flawed, because it was “slaughtered not for its own sake.”

The Gemara draws a comparison to a bill of divorce, or get. Just as a get must be written for a specific husband and wife, so an animal must be slaughtered for a specific sacrifice. However, the mishna in Zevachim 2a draws a fine distinction: The sacrifice “did not satisfy the obligation of the owner,” but it is nevertheless considered “fit.” In other words, the wrongly intended sacrifice can be offered up to God, but the person who offers it must go back and start over with a new sacrifice that is offered in the correct spirit.

The Gemara goes on to ask just what this distinction signifies. “Reish Lakish raised a difficulty while lying on his stomach in the study hall,” we read in Zevachim 5a, in a novelistic touch. “If offerings are fit, let them propitiate God, and if they do not propitiate God, why are they brought at all?” In what sense is the sacrifice “fit” if it doesn’t do what it is supposed to do? Rabbi Elazar responds by citing a case in which the fitness and the effectiveness of an offering are separate issues: that is, when the person in whose name the sacrifice is offered has died. This could happen, for instance, if a woman who is about to go into labor designates a certain animal as a burnt offering, to be sacrificed after she delivers, but then dies in childbirth. In this case, her heirs are supposed to carry out the burnt offering. Apparently such a sacrifice is fit to offer to God, even though it cannot atone for its owner, since she is no longer alive.

The intention to bring the proper kind of sacrifice is just one of the elements required. “The offering is slaughtered for the sake of six matters,” we read in Zevachim 2b. The first, as we have seen, is “for the sake of the particular offering.” Second, it must be “for the sake of the one sacrificing”: the identity of the owner of the sacrifice matters. If the slaughterer receives an animal from Reuven, but when he kills it he believes he is doing so for Shimon, the sacrifice is flawed.

Third, it must be “for the sake of God”: the sacrifice must be carried out with the conscious intention of propitiating God. Fourth, “for the sake of the fires”: the slaughterer must intend for the animal to be burnt on the altar. Fifth, “for the sake of an aroma,” which is integral to the sixth, “for the sake of pleasing.” If any one of these elements isn’t consciously present in the mind of those carrying out the sacrifice, it is flawed, though it is still “fit” to be offered up. Here is one answer to the philosophers’ objections: Sacrifice is not only a ritual or a formula; it is supposed to be a conscious act of honoring God. As always in Judaism, what you do matters because of why you do it.

  1. #1 by Colin on 04/26/2018 - 9:34

    Wouldn’t the politically correct word be theybrews?

  2. #2 by darryl on 04/26/2018 - 9:34

    Dear non-thinking gentile,

    Obviously you don’t understand or know the Lord God of the Bible. He is the only True Loving Heavenly Father. You pervert Holy Scripture, your as sick as the people you are writing about.

    Please quote God’s Words Exactly as it is written, that would make you appear somewhat credible.
    The One True God gave us, All People, the Old Testament as a precursor to what He would do by sending us, All People, His only Begotten Son, Christ Jesus, as the ultimate sacrifice to wash away all the sins perversions, iniquities, lies, murders, etc for All Humanity.for all eternity.

    By the Sacrifice of the True Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, we, All Humanity can now become Sons of the Most High God. Now we can do All the Good Works Jesus did & greater to show the World what a Loving & Good Heavenly Father that we, that Know God, serve as His Children.

    If you don’t understand why God the Father had sinful men sacrifice a lamb, You obviously don’t truly understand the God of the Bible or His Son, Christ Jesus.

    May God have mercy on your soul & those that are being deceived by your writings.

    Please ask the Holy Spirit to guide you into the Whole Truth of the Holy Bible.

    Sincerely,

    A Gentile that has finally found The Way, The Truth & The Life through Jesus Christ the Lamb of God that was slain Before the World’s foundations were lain.

    ed note–once again, prima facie evidence as to why we maintain here that–save very rare exceptions– there can be no ‘Christian’ solution to the millenia-old Jewish problem.

    Our commenter starts out trying to make a ‘rational’ argument in favor of the Judaic practice of animal slaughter by addressing yours truly and anyone who happens to think along the same lines as ‘unthinking’. What follows is a dissertation of sorts, all rooted not in facts, figures, and rational thinking, but instead, a mountain sized serving of biblical mumbo jumbo that does not refute or even try to debate the central thesis found in the ed notes commentary–the fact that indeed the Jews as a religious cult have been driven mad by the smell/taste of blood like a school of sharks, as plainly visible not only in modern day political events involving the Palestinians and others, but as well, what the Jews have done throughout history, including their casting their lots in favor of Jesus Christ being slaughtered for His ‘sins’ of contermanding the insane dictates of the Judaic cult.

    Instead, our ‘thinking’ commentator–who considers him/herself ‘thinking’ by virtue of the fact that he/she has bought into the Judaic business of animal sacrifice as the means of appeasing the angry, violent, vindictive god of the Jews whole hog–utilizes those protocols within the Old Testament (which the Jews themselves wrote for their own empowerment and cohesion against Gentiles) in putting forth his/her ‘thinking’ argument despite the fact that the issue up for discussion is the manner by which the Jews now apply the practice of animal slaughter to Gentiles as a means of furthering their geo-political agenda, a fact which is proven to anyone who follows even a smattering of news dealing with what goes on everyday.

    When dealing with ‘thinkers’ such as our commentator, I cannot help but be reminded very powerfully of 2 verses attributed to Jesus–

    1. ‘No man can serve 2 masters, as he will either love the one and hate the other or vice versa,’

    and

    2. Not everyone who says ‘Lord, Lord,’ will see (understand) the ways of heaven.

  3. #3 by robken on 04/26/2018 - 9:34

    Warning! these horrific pictures are the result of Israeli killings.

  4. #4 by Jim Ekas on 04/26/2018 - 9:34

    The logic of Israel is simple: they are YHVH’s chosen people. Palestine, as written in the Bible, is a gift from that god, it belongs to Israel. Also, America and its power and money belong to Israel, for Americans are disciples of YHVH unconsciously rejecting Jesus message. The problem is their religion, that created an illusion of a false god.

  5. #5 by James Benn on 04/26/2018 - 9:34

    Well I may be into blood sacrifice … but I sure ain’t weird …

    “You slaughter a lamb and smear yourself with its blood, in skinning it, cleaning its entrails, washing, dismembering it, and sprinkling its blood. If this were not in consequence of a divine command, you would think little of these actions and believe that they estrange you from God rather than bring you near to Him.”

    All the more proof, if more were necessary, that Hashem, Yaweh, or whatsoever the Jews want to call it, is the very devil. Juhadism is, in a word, a satanic cult.

    Mind you, anyone who has watched a Hellywood ‘action movie’ and thrilled at the sight of some Jewish revenge fantasy, knows the feeling, the visceral excitement of … ahem … the blood sacrifice. Just as long as it ain’t YO’ blood that’s a-gittin’ sacrificed!

    Of course, the only possible way Judahites have been able to conjure a world which belongs exclusively to them is via the black art of usury. Whereby the wealth of the world could tumble effortlessly into their infinitely greedy, grasping maws. Whereby the ‘goyim’ could wind up en masse as their ‘debt slaves’.

    Last I heard, world debt is clocking in at around 470 trillion.

    Last I heard, collective wealth of the Rotshites is clocking in, coincidentally, at about 470 trillion.

    Last I heard, Israhell is the Rotshite’s personal fiefdom … from conception to inception. Nothing must stand in the way of Ersatz Israhell. Only zen ze drim shell phinally cum troo …

    Dachau blues those poor Jews
    Dachau blues those poor Jews
    Dachau blues, Dachau blues those poor Jews
    Still cryin’ ’bout the burnin’ back in World War Two’s
    One mad man six million lose
    Down in Dachau blues, down in Dachau blues
    The world can’t forget that misery
    ‘n the young ones now beggin’ the old ones please
    t’ stop bein’ madmen
    ‘fore they have t’ tell their children
    ’bout the burnin’s back in World War Three’s
    – Captain Beefheart

  6. #6 by darryl on 04/27/2018 - 9:34

    Dear non-thinking gentile,

    No expert in history, science, archaeology, Hebrew or Greek has given any proof that the Holy Bible that we have today has any errors in it contents pertaining to history, archaeology, science, Hebrew, Greek or the Solution to the problems of sinful murderous, lying men that we have today.

    Let’s deal with the Historical Fact that Mohammed & his Muslim religion have murdered at least 250 million Christians by 1000 AD. & it continues Today.

    Every “religion” in this world Today do murder, torture, rape & make Christians their slaves or exile them.

    TODAY, Every 6 minutes a Christian is MURDERED in this world.

    Even in “Christian America” they are taking Christian businesses, their jobs & children away from them, if they Sincerely Believe the Bible is True.

    ALL RELIGIONS & GOVERNMENTS OF TODAY are slaughtering, burning alive, raping, torturing, starving to death, destroying their houses of worship & homes, destroying their towns & villages, throwing them in jail, True Believers & Followers of Jesus Christ!

    ALL TV PROGRAMS, NEWS OUTLETS, INTERNET WEB SITES malign, harass, belittle, censor & disdain ALL TRUE BELIEVERS OF JESUS CHRIST.

    No Honest Intelligent Thinking Man who has Sincerely studied History & Current World Affairs can come to any other conclusion that you & 99% of Gentiles & Jewish Men are TOTALLY DECEIVED by satan & his followers.

    Jesus Christ said, “The thief, (satan & his followers who hate Jesus Christ,) has come to Kill, Steal & Destroy BUT I have come to Give you Life & That Life MORE ABUNDANTLY!

    Please ask the Holy Spirit to deliver you from the deceptive lies of satan who is the god of this world.

    As a True Believer in Jesus Christ the Holy Spirit can deliver you from the murder & hatred that is in your heart that makes you equal too or even worse sinner than those that you are writing against.

    i would Beg you to stop writing & pray & fast while Reading & Meditating on the Words of Jesus Christ found in the Holy Bible, Let the Holy Spirit deliver you from the unholy spirit of satan & set you free to Love All Humanity. Once you see your true self in the Light of Jesus Christ you will fall in Love with All Humanity & you will want them to know the Love of the One True God & His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.

    Sincerely,

    Once Lost but Now I AM Found by my Heavenly Father.

    ed note–I’ll spare the reader the usual extended/point-by-point commentary in lieu of simply re-stating what I have said on previous occasions when dealing with specimens of the type featured above–

    With rare exceptions, there can be no ‘Christian’ solution to the Jewish problem.

  7. #7 by Fernando de Sousa Falcão on 04/30/2018 - 9:34

    Yes, savagery is over 2000 years old.

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