MembersWithout love, no sacrifice is genuine

But at the same time there is also life insurance in the idea of sacrifice. It is not the act of sacrifice that redeems, but the love, the will, the idea behind it.

By Aviel Schneider | | Topics: Gaza
Photo: Itzhak Hertz

During Passover or Sukkot, religious Jews are often caught in the vicinity of the Temple Mount with goats or lambs that they intend to offer as a sacrifice to God on Mount Moriah.

The adventurous attempt to sacrifice an animal above the Western Wall, right next to the mosques, has now become a ritual in itself. As with 20-year-old Yair Hanoch. He really wanted to offer an animal sacrifice where the Temple once stood. After his arrest, he declared: “There is no longer any room for Muslim rule on the Temple Mount. The time has come to build the Temple and revive the sacrifices.”

See: “The Time Has Come”: Jews Arrested En Route to Temple Mount Sacrifice

Anyone who has this intention will initially have to deal with a logistical problem. First you must travel with a concealed goat on the light rail toward Jerusalem’s Old City, then you need to somehow smuggle the animal past...

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