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Sacrifice to G-d

GYE Corp. Sunday, 06 May 2012

We are commanded to bring the Korban Tamid in the Beis Hamikdash twice a day. The Torah uses the following words; "zeh ha'ishe asher takrivu la'hashem" - "this is the fire that you should sacrifice to G-d". And it says "Olas Tamid Ho'asuyah Behar Sinai, lerei'ach nicho'ach ishe la'hashem" - "the Olah Tamid sacrifice that was made on Har Sinai, for a pleasing fragnance, a fire for G-d". The word "ishe" which is used by the Torah, also means "woman". It could be that the Torah is hinting to us that even when we don't have the Beis Hamikdash any more, we can still bring daily sacrifices to G-d by giving up our desire for women. Every time we say no to our Yetzer hara and we don't stray after our eyes, this is a sacrifice that is worthy of having been given at Har Sinai (like the Pasuk says above) - where the Torah itself was given to us, and it is a pleasing fragrance and a fire for G-d. Indeed, it is called a Korbon Tamid, meaning "the always sacrifice" - perhaps because--always, even after the Beis Hamikdash was destroyed, we can still bring this sacrifice. And what a great honor it is to be able to bring our own personal Korbon Tamid for G-d every day!