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Yom Kippur

Atonement still calls for sacrifice - in the form of a changed heart

Q: In the Old Testament, there are passages regarding animal sacrifices as sin offerings. In the New Testament, we learn that Jesus' crucifixion was the (ultimate) atonement for sin. Has Judaism abandoned animal sacrifice? If so, did the crucifixion have anything to do with this change? - G., Wading River, N.Y.

A: The sacrifice of animals was performed at many Temples in biblical times but was centralized in the Temple in Jerusalem by King Josiah in the 7th century. The sacrifices were not only of animals. One was a barley cake mixed with incense and oil that was burned on a fire pan. Some sacrifices were specifically for the purpose of atoning for sin.

The Yom Kippur...