Vayakhel Pekudei 5781 – The Altar of Sacrifice

Posted by Michael Hattin on March 9, 2021
Topics: Pardes from Jerusalem, Torah, Shemot (Exodus), VaYakhel, Pekudei

The exterior courtyard of the Mishkan/Tabernacle was dominated by a large bronze altar, used for animal sacrifice. In this podcast, we consider some of the altar’s unusual features as we ponder the deeply symbolic ritual associated with it. While animal sacrifice strikes many of us today as an arcane and antiquated expression of devotion, there is still much relevance to be learned.

Sources: Exodus 38:1-7

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About Michael Hattin

Michael teaches Bible and Halakha at Pardes. He holds a professional degree in Architecture from the University of Toronto and rabbinic ordination from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. He teaches Chumash and Prophets as well as Halakha at the Pardes Institute. For many years Michael authored the weekly online publications Introduction to Parasha and Lessons on Prophets for the Virtual Beit Midrash of Yeshivat Har Etzion, reaching a combined readership of several thousand. Click here to read more.

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