The taste of Shabbat – Vayikra 5778
Rav Mordechai Elon
There is a huge difference between what we read in this week`s parsha and what will happen when we rebuild the temple, speedily in our days amen!
In the temple, after cleaning the alter and removing the previous days ashes, the day would begin with the daily morning burnt offering, a compulsory public offering, not dependent on anything happening or the date, the sacrifice must be offered up and it must be funded from public funds. This is true also of certain other sacrifices, public sin offerings, festive sacrifices etc.
Afterwards other sacrifices would be offered up, mostly private ones, some being compulsory such as the mother’s offering after birth, and some voluntary.