Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
  Page title
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Small Sacrifices: Understanding Parashas Korbanos

Standing Up

As mentioned previously, our Sages tell us that reciting the Torah verses of korbanos is like bringing an offering in the Temple. This description raises a fundamental question. Are we like the Yisrael, the regular Jew who was the owner of the animal, or like the Kohen, the priest who performed the sacrifice in the Temple?

Some halachic authorities consider the person saying korbanos to be like a Kohen. In the Temple, Kohanim were always standing up when they offered korbanos. Since the recitation of korbanos is meant to represent the Temple service, some poskim write that the passages should be said while standing.

Other authorities argue that the person who says korbanos represents the Yisrael, who brought the animal to be offered. Therefore, they maintain that one may sit when reciting the verses. Many authorities state that while the verses of the Korban Tamid should be said standing up, the other verses may be said while seated (Mishna Berura 48,1).

The Aruch Hashulchan offers a fascinating compromise between these opinions, bringing the Temple service to life in our times. He rules that a Kohen should recite the korbanos standing, similar to the way he performed the offerings in the Temple. Levi’im and Yisraelim can say this section sitting down, since they did not participate in the actual sacrifice in the Temple (Aruch Hashulchan 1,26).


Text Copyright © 2008 by Rabbi Daniel Travis and Torah.org


 






ARTICLES ON REEH:

View Complete List

A Godly Minority
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5770

The Meat of the Matter
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5762

There Must Be an Anochi in Here Somewhere!
Rabbi Label Lam - 5773

ArtScroll

Fall - and get back up!
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5773

Choose Life!
Shlomo Katz - 5760

A Jew Is Never Alone
Rabbi Yosef Kalatzky - 5762

> Opportunity for Blessing
Rabbi Chaim Flom - 5767

The Love Test
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5766

No Middle Road
Shlomo Katz - 5763

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Set Your Sites
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5766

Joy of Shlepping
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5758

Positive First
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5772

Looking for a Chavrusah?

The Tree Hugger
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5771

Life Choices
Shlomo Katz - 5765

See What Can Be Seen
Rabbi Label Lam - 5771

Constructive Destruction
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5770



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information