Chief Rabbi: “Passover Required in 2021”

The Passover offering is prepared for the altar. (Adam Propp)

“During a virtual conference on Wednesday, Rabbi Aryeh Stern, the chief rabbi of Jerusalem, ruled that the Korban Pesach (Passover sacrifice) is incumbent upon the Jewish people today. ‘The Passover sacrifice is similar to the feast offerings in that it is offered for all of Israel at one set time.’ The rabbi concluded that in his opinion, it is possible for us today to perform the Passover sacrifice even before the construction of the Temple. This is based on the principle that the normal rules that prohibit the Kohanim (priests) and public from performing Temple rituals while in a state of ritual impurity are not applicable regarding the need to bring a sacrifice for the sake of the public. In this case, when a Temple does not exist, an altar of undressed stones is sufficient. Rabbi Aryeh Lipo, the secretary of the Sanhedrin, agreed with the conclusion of Rabbi Stern, adding that it is entirely correct according to Halacha to renew the Temple service immediately. Rabbi Hillel Weiss, the former spokesman for the Sanhedrin told Israel365 News. ‘The only thing preventing the Jewish People from performing the Passover sacrifice is the Israeli government. If the government decides to allow it, we must be ready to go up and begin the service.’”

“Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem,” Israel365News, Mar. 18, 2021