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Rather we bring korbanot for the same reason we perform all the commandments – for our own sakes.And sacrifices in particular carry a profound message. Samson Raphael Hirsh relates the word korban to l’hakriv – to bring close.Miracle of miracles, they are having a great time, really making this blind date different from every other blind date! David reluctantly gets up and moves to sit with the other Sarah, a superficial fashionista obsessed with ordering extra food to go and cloyingly eager to get married. This is the premise of the comedy web series, “Soon by You,” about the lives of six Orthodox singles in New York all looking for love and sometimes having to defend themselves against pushy relatives urging them to just hurry up and get married already.They share an interest in literature and art, and have so much in common they’re practically finishing one another’s sentences. Meanwhile, the artsy Sarah Feldman strains to make conversation with her blind date, Ben, a slick and polished guy with whom she has nothing in common. The clever pilot episode, “The Setup,” has already been viewed on You Tube over 80,000 times, and the second episode, (“The Follow-Up”) is approaching 45,000 views.
However, fun as an activity in which people indulge just to "kill time" is proscribed.
Imagine this scenario: A young woman, Sarah, is waiting to meet her matchmaker-arranged date at a Manhattan restaurant.
When a young rabbinical student named David sails into the restaurant and asks if she is Sarah, he sits down and they begin their date. Photo by Judah S Harris Another young man hustles into the restaurant and waltzes up to their table. That’s when the trio realize that David has been sitting with Sarah Feldman, while his intended date, Sarah Jacobs, is impatiently drumming her immaculately lacquered nails over at the next table, wondering where her date is.
The ancients saw animal (or human) sacrifice as giving a gift or a bribe to their gods. By giving them some delicious cooked meat (or something even more precious to the giver, such as his child), they would get on the gods’ good side and get what they wanted – rain, crops, girlfriends, conquest, etc.
In a deeper sense, the sacrifices of the ancients perfectly summed up the type of relationship they had with their gods.
If you are in a situation in which negative consequences appear to be inevitable, don't give up. Even though it might seem there is no escape, someone else might think of an idea that will save you.