Bhakta Andrej Banich: Thanks for the info on your Geopolitics letter. I think that this might be useful about animal sacrifice. I do not think it is proper thing to say for response to your very good letter on this topic of Geopolitics but I think that it makes why the Jewish people need to be looked at more close now days. As you know many of them are in our movement and they are gurus and leaders. Not I am saying that they are still beliving in their old ways but a lepord cannot change his spots.
We as devotees are vegetarians and do not agree the killing of animals for human consumption or any reason. The practice of animal sacrifice has been used in the abrahamic faiths forever but was stopped by the Romans in the first century after the Jews revolted against their rule. The Romans destroyed the Jewish people’s temple and disbanded their court system which was much like our GBC. They controlled everything for good or for bad.
The Sanhedrin, the Jewish religious court system is now up and running in Israel and so they want to begin again this barbaric process of sacrificing a goat to God. The only thing stopping them is the Animal Liberationists who are fighting it in court.
The thing that worries me is that this is written in their Scripture that it is proper to cut the throat of an animal and burn it to ash, which called Holocaust. The other amazing thing I found out is that some of the Christians are supporting this for it is in their old testament or bible.
I took this from the Wikipedia for you to read.
Many Jewish sources discuss the deeper meaning behind korbanot. For example, Sefer Hachinuch explains that an individual bringing an animal sacrifice for a sin understands that he personally should have been sacrificed as punishment for the rebellion against God inherent his the sin, but God mercifully accepts the sacrifice in his or her place. Furthermore, it is considered fitting that an animal is used as a sacrifice because at the moment of sin, the individual in question disregarded his elevated human soul, effectively acting as an animal.
References to animal sacrifice appear in the New Testament, such as the parents of Jesus sacrificing two doves (Luke 2:24) and the Apostle Paul performing a Nazirite vow even after the death of Christ (Acts 21:23-26).
Christ is referred to by his apostles as “the Lamb of God,” the one to whom all sacrifices pointed (Hebrews 10), in fulfillment of a, within the Christian context, lacking understanding of such substitution as expressed in Judaism. Some villages in Greece also sacrifice animals to Orthodox saints in a practice known as kourbània. Sacrifice of a lamb, or less commonly a rooster, is a common practice in Armenian Church. This tradition, called matagh, is believed to stem from pre-Christian pagan rituals.
Islam makes no general provision for animal sacrifice. However, it is considered to be incumbent upon sufficiently wealthy Muslims to sacrifice a large mammal during Eid ul-Adha (the Festival of Sacrifice), which falls during the period of Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca). Typically, a sheep or goat is sacrificed, although some sacrifice cattle or a camel instead. The meat is usually given as charity to the poor, in commemoration of the Sacrifice of Ismail, in which God tested the faith of Abraham (Ibrahim) by ordering him to sacrifice his son Ishmael (Ismail).
All the Abrahamic faith believe in animal sacrifice in one way or another but all do not do this now days as it is not proper. But the Jewish people want to begin this and they say it will happen sooner or later for God wanted it in order for them to eradicate their sinful ways. It is a shame that an animal has to suffer for their sins?
The main point I want to make is that why does everyone claim that Israel and the Jewish people are first class democratic people who are civilized more than their Muslim brothers and sisters when in this day and age they beginning this animal sacrifice?
Well if some of you want you can read this website that I found to tell you what is happening from Israeli side. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/136594
All glories to Srila Prabhupada who has taught us the proper way to live that is many times more civilized and cultured than these modern countries.
Bhakta Andrej Banich