Now you might be thinking – but we Jews no longer engage in ritual sacrifice now that the temple is a thing of the past. While this may be true, we sure like to talk about it a lot. Every day, in fact when we pray for the “fires” to be returned to the sanctuary. Those fires weren’t for warmth – they were for burning animal carcasses. And let’s not forget the list of sacrifices detailed in prayers for the Sabbath and High Holidays liturgy. If the priests had known about turkeys, surely they would’ve added this big bird to the list.
A sacrifice to El.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!