Nothing is insignificant

The first thing done in the Holy Temple each day is the Priest removing the ashes from the previous day’s offerings and placing them near the Altar. They are then deposited at a pure place outside of the camp. (Leviticus 6:3-4)

R’ Mendel of Riminov taught that we see from here that even the most mundane things must be treated with reverence and raised up in service of Hashem.

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  1. I’m glad they were treated with reverence, but the whole sacrifice ritual still does not sit well with me

    1. Many people have distorted ideas of what the sacrifices were. For the most part, it was virtually identical to how people eat meat today. The animal was killed in the same way, its meat was roasted and then eaten by the Priests and/or those who brought the sacrifice. While vegetarians might be put off by this, the perspective of the Torah is that it is the Creator who ultimately determines what is moral and ethical. In the Torah, He permits the consumption of meat and in some circumstances mandates sacrifices.

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