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Why don't we sacrifice animals anymore?

  

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Rabbi Shlomo Chein: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment...what's on your mind?

Sam: shalom

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: hi there

Sam: why dont we sacrifice animals anymore?

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: because one of the conditions for sacrifices was that it be brought in the holy Temple in Jerusalem. Since we don't have one, we can't bring any

Sam: was Moses taught how

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: how what?

Sam: how to slaughter the animal, and if so wasnt this before the first bet hamikdash [Ed. note: Holy Temple]

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: yes he was taught. And if you are asking how he was able to bring outside of a temple, well that is a good question and the answer is as follows: 1) They had a Mishkan/Tabernacle which was like the Temple. 2) Until the Tabernacle was built there wasn't any restrictions as to where it may be brought

Sam: ok so what im trying to get at is why we dont sacrifice animals now

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: i think i answered that

Sam: ok im sorry yes you did

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: great

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: is there anything else I can help you with tonight

Sam: nope. thanks for the info

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Moses
[Hebrew pronunciation: Moshe] Greatest prophet to ever live. Led the Jews out of Egyptian bondage amidst awesome miracles; brought down the Tablets from Mount Sinai; and transmitted to us word-for-word the Torah he heard from G-d's mouth. Died in the year 1272 BCE.
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Established by King David to be the eternal capital of Israel. Both Temples were built there, and the third Temple will be situated there when the Messiah comes.
Tabernacle
Mobile sanctuary which traveled with the Jews in the desert, containing the Ark with the Tablets, and the sacrificial altars. When the Jews entered Israel, it was erected in the city of Shiloh where it remained for more than 300 years. It was buried when the permanent Holy Temple was erected in Jerusalem.
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1. Usually a reference to the Holy Temple which was/will be situated in Jerusalem. 1st Temple was built in 825 BCE and was destroyed in 423 BCE. The 2nd Temple was built in 350 BCE and was destroyed in 70 CE. The 3rd Temple will be built by the Messiah. 2. A synagogue.