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Why have Jews stopped offering sacrifices to atone for their sins?

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2016-10-26 07:03:53

The sacrifices only ended because the Temple fell; the Romans

destroyed it in 70 CE. Jews are not allowed to offer sacrifices

anywhere else (Deuteronomy ch.12). Also, in Judaism the sacrifices

were only for unintentional sins - and they were never the only

route to atonement. They were used primarily to draw us closer to

God. The sacrifices were a consequence of committing a sin (not all

sins, might I add), but not meant to completely atone for one's

sin. The sacrifice was used so that the Jew would see himself in

the animal and realize that because of his sins, it ought to be him

who is being offered up, not the animal. In order for the sin to be

atoned for, the Jew needs to do teshuvah (repentance). This

consists of several things: regretting the act, saying that you

will never do the act again with all intention to follow through

with this, and never doing the act again.

No one today has authority to perform the sacrifices.


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