Published Date: October 28, 2016
Our student Vicki asked this quick but far from simple question:
Can you give us a brief account of the wisdom of the sages concerning the future of animal sacrifices in the Third Temple? What do you personally think?
First of all, I will say that Judaism in general is much more this-world focused than next-world focused. Any question about the end of days or messianic times, while including many Jewish sources, should and usually does include the famous quote of the great scholar Maimonides: “no one knows exactly how these things will be until they actually happen.”
With that introduction, I present two very good articles that I encourage you to roll up your sleeves and read about this issue!
(Rav Kook was the first Chief Rabbi of the Land of Israel in modern times, and the top leader of Religious Zionism and the belief that the modern State of Israel is a precursor to the Final Redemption. http://mizrachi.org/rav-avraham-yitzchak-kook-1865-1935/)