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Moshe Halbertal

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691152851

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691152851.001.0001

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Moshe Halbertal

Princeton University Press

This chapter begins with a discussion of how sacrifice is the most primary and basic form of ritual. The elimination of animal sacrifice from contemporary Western religious life came about as a result of a cataclysmic moment. The chapter also explores how love is a noninstrumental relationship outside of what appears to be the sphere of exchange. The mark of love as noninstrumental is attentiveness. Attentiveness as a form of affirmation is what makes love so precious. The remainder of the chapter talks about how the sacrificial system itself was replaced in Jewish life after the temple's destruction. The rabbis devised alternatives to the sacrificial functions in ways that struggle and deal with the fears and stress inherent in sacrifice.

Keywords:   sacrifice, ritual, Western religious life, love, attentiveness, Jewish life, sacrificial system

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