Parashat Tzav / When Texts Supplant Sacrifice

Destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem facilitated a further transformation in the system of sacrifices: the presentation of textual sacrifices - that is, offerings made in the course of studying the laws governing sacrifices.

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After the Flood, Noah and his sons, emerging from the ark, offer animal sacrifices to God. The following homily presents an anachronistic, historical dispute concerning those sacrifices.