Q: This question is asked from a contemplative place in my heart after reading your recent column on atonement. A: Yes.
Q: In the Old Testament, there are passages regarding animal sacrifices as sin offerings. A: The sacrifice of animals was performed at many Temples in biblical times but was centralized in the Temple in Jerusalem by King Josiah in the 7th century.
The Jewish people are now in between the New Year, Rosh Hashana, and the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur. For the occasion, I've condensed one of my New Year sermons.