Wednesday, March 21, 2012


Each stage of the sacrificial offerings corresponds to atone for some aspect of that sin. Sins are committed through speaking, thought, and action; therefore, the sacrifices correspond to atone for those areas of sinning:
1.     Semicha/resting his hands on the sacrifice- is atoning for a person misusing his own hand in wrongful deeds.
2.     Vidui/verbal confession- is atoning for a person’s sinful speech.
3.     Hakravas ha’aimrus/the burning of the animal’s internal organs- is atoning for impure thoughts.
4.     Zerika/sprinking the animal’s blood onto the alter- symbolizes that in actuality, the sinners blood should have been shed for his acts of evil; however, the animal’s blood was shed as a substitution.

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