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Without the scarifices and their associated maamodot the heavens and the earth would not endure. The Torah relates that Avraham asked Elokim, “How can I know that I will inherit the Land You promised me?” Avraham meant by this statement: “Perhaps Yisrael will sin and You will deal with them as You did with the generation of the mabbul or the generation of the Tower.” Elokim denied that. Avraham countered, “With what z’chus (merit) will they avoid such a fate?” Elokim responded, “Take for Me three heifers, three goats, and three rams,” indicating to him that the korbonot which Yisrael would scarifice from these species would serve the nation. Now, if the korbonot preserve Yisrael, they in effect preserve the universe, for if Yisrael would cease to exist, the world, too, would end.
From “Mysteries of the Creation” by Rabbi Dovid Brown. We are studying from the following pages: pg. 59–60.
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