Cessation of Sacrifice



Question:  Why is sacrifice stopped in the book of Deuteronomy?



When did sacrifices end in the Bible?

After the destruction of the Second Temple, sacrifices were prohibited because there was no longer a Temple, the only place allowed by halakha for sacrifices.  The offering of sacrifices was briefly reinstated during the Jewish–Roman wars of the second century AD and was continued in certain communities thereafter.

Both goats and sheep are acceptable for sacrifice, according to Jewish law.  The practice ended for the most part when the Second Temple, which like the First Temple once stood on the Temple Mount, was destroyed in the year 70.  Now, rather than daily burnt offerings, religious Jews offer daily prayers.


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