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Question 11.8.4:
Sacrifices: Will sacrifices be restored if the Temple is rebuilt?


There is some disagreement about this. Most authorities believe that with the rebuilding of the temple would mean the reestablishment of animal sacrifices. Rav Kook suggests that animal sacrifices would not be brought back, he connects this to a suggestion that animals will be more humanlike in messianic times, and hence we will return to an Eden type vegetarian existence. The actual positions of the movement differ:

Note that we do not rebuild the Temple yet for a simple reason: ignorance. We do not know where on the Temple mount the altar or holy-of-holies are supposed to be. And places it a few feet off would violate the notion of only making offerings "in the place where I will show you." In fact, if we had the proper location down pat, we could rededicate the altar without building the Temple.

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