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Introduction

Over the years, I have had the chance to talk to several Jewish people about spiritual issues. A common Jewish objection that I continue to hear is that Jewish people don’t believe that a human can be sacrificed for sins. In other words, a human can’t atone for the sins of the Jewish people. Furthermore, Christians often ask me given the Temple was destroyed in 70 A.D. and their is no sacrificial system, how do Jewish people receive atonement?

First, let me give some background to the idea of atonement in Judaism. For Jewish people Yom Kippur (which is this time of the year) which is also known as Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year. Its central themes are atonement and repentance. As I just said, when the Temple was destroyed in 70 A.D, the religious and social life changed forever for the Jewish people…

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