Jews are required by the Torah to bring the Passover sacrifice today and failure to do so is one of the worst sins possible, asserted Temple expert Rabbi Chaim Richman in his most controversial video yet. As provocative as this sounds, there is no rabbinic authority that disputes this, and everything stands ready to make this 2,000-year dream of the Jewish people materialize.
The strongest argument, notes Rabbi Richman, co-founder and International Director of the Temple Institute, is that the Torah specifically designates this mitzvah (Torah commandment) as being eternal.
And ye shall observe this thing for an ordinance to thee and to thy sons for ever. Exodus 12:24
There are only two mitzvot for which non-compliance receives the most severe punishment mandated by the Torah, karet (being cut off from the community, or excommunicated): brit milah (circumcision) and the korban Pesach (Passover sacrifice).
“Today, under the present circumstances, all this could actually be done,” Rabbi Richman concluded. “Let’s get serious about fulfilling our eternal obligation.”
Bringing the Passover Sacrifice
Though Rabbi Richman’s call for the reinstatement of the official sacrifice may sound extreme, Rabbi Hillel Weiss, spokesman for the nascent Sanhedrin, assured Breaking Israel News that there is no Torah authority that rules otherwise.
“I am surprised this subject still comes up,” Rabbi Weiss said. “This was settled by Jewish law over one hundred years ago, when it was decided that the requirement still existed.”
Though non-fulfillment of this important mitzvah bears a harsh punishment, Rabbi Weiss explained that since the Jewish people were being prevented from performing the mitzvah, according to Jewish law, the Jews are exempt.
“All of Israel should receive the punishment,” Rabbi Weiss said. “But since they are being prevented, against their will, the judgement is not against them.”
In this case, the sacrifice is stopped by Israel’s government. The Jerusalem police recently rejected a petition from the Sanhedrin from holding a reenactment of the Passover sacrifice in Davidson Center, an archaeological park adjacent to the Western Wall. The area has no significance to Islam, but police are concerned that this open display of the Temple ceremony will lead to Islamic violence.
The man responsible for preparing the Temple Mount for the sacrifice is Yaakov Hayman, head of the Friends of the Temple organization. He stated that everything stands ready to perform the Passover sacrifice.
“If the government gave us permission 24 hours in advance, it would be difficult but I am sure we would find a way to make it happen,” Hayman told Breaking Israel News. “The main difficulty is that the altar has to be built from the correct stones in the correct place.”
Hayman noted that the stones for the altar may not be quarried, or shaped by iron instruments.
And if thou make Me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stones; for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast profaned it. Exodus 20:21
“I am working on a project of gathering together stones and numbering them so they can be assembled immediately, within one hour,” Hayman said. “It won’t be ready for this year, though. Monday is the day the sacrifice should be brought, and that seems unlikely, but for next year, we certainly need to be prepared.”