Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu Calls for Korban Pesach to Be Brought on Har Habayis

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rabbi-shmuel-eliyahuThe annual attempts to resume the Korban Pesach received some rabbinical backing recently. Tzefas Chief Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, a prominent religious Zionism leader, has called on the public to perform the mitzvah on the eve of the Yom Tov, in about two weeks.

Speaking during a halacha shiur in Yerushalayim last week, Rabbi Eliyahu warned that Jews evading the mitzvah were risking kareis.

According to Rabbi Eliyahu, there is a halachic, legal and public possibility to offer a Korban Pesach these days. During the shiur, he quoted senior rabbinical authorities, adding that Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Kalisher – one of the founders of modern and religious Zionism – had asked the Turkish sultan to allot an area on the Har Habayis for the erection of a mizbeiach for a Korban Pesach.

Rabbi Eliyahu went on to say that the Korban Pesach could be shechted in front of the Dome of the Rock plaza, although the Bais Hamikdosh no longer exists and Klal Yisroel are defined as “tamei meis.

In order to overcome the greatest obstacle, beyond the political problem, an mizbeiach must be erected, he  said. He also called for the preparation of bigdei kohanim.

Addressing the legal aspect, Rabbi Eliyahu claimed that every person has the right to perform the commandment of his religion according to his own understanding. He added that petitions filed with the High Court of Justice against the korban were accepted only because the police were unprepared to secure the ceremony.

“It’s perfectly clear that if the public pressures its representatives in the government or in the Knesset, everything will change. If the judges have ruled that the police must secure simpler protests, why not the Korban Pesach?”

Rabbi Eliyahu rejected the claim that it was impossible to resume the mitzvah publicly. Addressing the international diplomatic ramifications, he said, “We are being threatened that any movement on our part on the Har Habayit will launch the third world war… (But) we can free our souls of the horror of the gentiles, just like we freed ourselves before Yetzias Mitzrayim.”

He rejected the internal opposition too. “Some fear the public echo of the Korban Pesach – how will the seculars view it? What will the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals say? The truth is that this should not even be discussed…

“We have already been scorned for bris milah, persecuted and condemned to death for that. Today the UN’s health organization recommends that all men undergo circumcision in order to avoid illnesses.”

Rabbi Eliyahu said the Torah had predicted that some would mock the mitzvah of Korban Pesach. Such a person, he noted, is called in the Haggadah the “wicked son,” who cleans his hands and says, “This doesn’t belong to me, this blood and primitiveness. I am an enlightened person. I respect animals. I don’t slaughter them barbarically.”

Rabbi Eliyahu estimated that those who oppose this mitzvah would eventually change their mind.

In order to increase the motivation to offer a Korban Pesach, Rabbi Eliyahu noted that this is one of two “active mitzvos” (along with bris milah), and that those evading it risk supernatural punishment and “cause great damage to themselves and to the entire world.”

He added that his father, former Chief Rabbi Rav Mordechai Eliyahu, wrote that this custom may still exist these days.

“These things should make us break the spiritual barrier preventing us from thinking about offering the Korban Pesach,” Rabbi Eliyahu concluded.

He said his remarks were not lip service, but laws being learned “as a real demand and real preparation for the Korban Pesach. Although we are not used to it, and have gotten used to living without a Bais Hamikdosh, we must change our ways.”

{Ynet/Matzav.com Newscenter}

23 COMMENTS

  1. why would you print this article when the gedolei hador have all prohibited this limaaseh and this position statedi n this article is limaaseh ?

  2. What he says is very nice and good. However none of the Poskim HaDor agree with him. As a DAS YACHID, he should acquiesce to the majority.

    Aryeh Zelasko
    Beit Shemesh

  3. There is no sanhedrin today. A person can follow his psak
    There is an entire mesechta devoted to this subject.

    I for one wouldnt argue with the gedolim but if he feels equiped to do so, gezunterheit.

  4. The Korban Pesach need NOT be brought only in the Beis Hamikdash. It is the only Korban that could be brought without the Beis Hamikdash standing. To clarify: The Korban May NOT be brought on a “Bamas Yachid’, even though it technically requires NO Bais.

    The issue of Tumah is seemingly also not an issue as Tumah is Hutra/ Dechuya B’e Tzibur. So Tumah would not be a problem per se’

    The Shechitah does not have to be done by a Kohen as Shechita is Valid even by a Non-Kohen. The ‘Matnos Dam’ (blood) do not require a Mizbeach per se, in a Korban Pesach just ‘Sheficha Keneged Ha Yesod’…

    I don’t think that having an Halachic disscussion as to the obligations of Korban Pesach makes someone a looney toon. Just like disscussions of female rabbis etc.

    Incidentaly the Sefer HaChinuch: Parshas Shemini, states that the prohibition for ‘Paskening while drunk’ applies to men AND WOMEN as women can pasken….

    I wonder if they’ll ban the Sefer Hachinuch for being too progressive…

  5. “Rabbi Eliyahu warned that Jews evading the mitzvah were risking kareis”
    So if someone doesn’t do it he is Chayev Kares….
    hmmm so his father did it?!?!………….

    You get my point!

  6. The Korban Pesach need NOT be brought only in the Beis Hamikdash. It is the only Korban that could be brought without the Beis Hamikdash standing. To clarify: The Korban May NOT be brought on a “Bamas Yachid’, even though it technically requires NO Bais.

    The issue of Tumah is seemingly also not an issue as Tumah is Hutra/ Dechuya B’e Tzibur. So Tumah would not be a problem per se’

    The Shechitah does not have to be done by a Kohen as Shechita is Valid even by a Non-Kohen. The ‘Matnos Dam’ (blood) do not require a Mizbeach per se, in a Korban Pesach just ‘Sheficha Keneged Ha Yesod’…

    I don’t think that having an Halachic disscussion as to the obligations of Korban Pesach makes someone a looney toon. Just like disscussions of female rabbis etc.

    Incidentaly the Sefer HaChinuch: Parshas Shemini, states that the prohibition for ‘Paskening while drunk’ applies to men AND WOMEN as women can pasken….

  7. Curious:

    What does

    Rav chaim Kanievsky
    Rav Dovid Feinstein
    Rav Shmuel Wosner
    Rav Feivel Cohen
    Rav Hillel David
    Rav Shlomo Miller
    rav Yisroel Belsky

    and all the other poskim hold???

  8. Religious Zionism is about as Jewish as kosher as pigsfeet
    They are the gilgulim of the bironim who wanted to fight. They were rebellious then and they are rebellious today
    Never listening to our gadolim!!

  9. Wow! The Ben Ish Chai and the Chasam Sofer didn’t know how to Paskin as well apparently

    His father didn’t do it because he was an erliche and bright

  10. Read the article regarding Reb Chaim Kanivesky POSITIVE POV regarding Korban pesach. You might find it quite revealing.

  11. FUNNY QUESTION… whats the point of publishing this if everyone disagrees with him and you supposedly show the orthodox side of things…

  12. I did not post this above statement MATZAV
    u have a glitch in your system… why is this showing when I didn’t comment ‘Thank you for your comment! It has been added to the moderation queue and will be published here if approved by the webmaster.’

  13. But first we need a red heifer, because we’re all in a state of tumas meis. So what’s the point of even bringing the possibility up?

  14. bh
    in 1968 the lubavicher rebbe told his chasidim to leave the old city erev paisach in order not to run into this issue but in later years he said it was not a problom

  15. i just heard a shuir on this subject. and after numerous reasons why we shoul do it the rosh hayeshiva concluded its not lemaisa since we dont know were the mizbeach is supposed to be.

  16. for #15 theres a halacha if the whole tzibur is tamay your allowed to bring a korban tzibur without becoming tahur

  17. “Rabbi Eliyahu warned that Jews evading the mitzvah were risking kareis.”

    However, since there is no ??? ????? any more, and everyone is ??? ??, bringing any ???? under such circumstances, would be an ????? of ???.

  18. to n15
    there is no need for a poro adumo since tumah hutro or dechuyo betzibur
    but we do need koihanim meyuchasim for the zerikas hadam
    we need to know the place of the mizbeiach for the sheficha keneged hayesoid
    we need to br more humble towards the gedoilei hadoir from the previous generations who did not entertain such ideas as making a sanhedrin or bringing korbonois…

  19. see sh”ut hisorerus tshuva to Reb Y.C. Sonnenfeld about this topic. Reb Y.C. Sonennfeld responded that the arabs would never allow , and it will create a world outcry. I assume the same applies today. But let us all believe in the immenent coming of Moshiach and we will all merit to bring Korbon Pesach chareidim and religious zionists alike in the bais hamikdash

  20. to 15 there is no need of a poro adumah
    since tumah hutra or dechuya betzibur
    but one needs koihanim meyuchasim and knowledge of the original place of the mizbeach to do the shefichas hadam
    also we need to have more humility to the gedoilim of yesteryear who did not elect a sanhedrin or push for bringing korbonois
    are we greater then reb akiva eiger and the chasam soifer etc.

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