But since God wants us to go on living, we bring an animal in our stead, one which is completely devoted and given over to God, body and soul – precisely the way we should live our lives.See here for a more detailed explanation of the purpose of korbanot.However, this tendency is observed mainly among Western women - Russian girls are still family-oriented.

They were not attempting to build a relationship with their deity or become subservient to it. They wanted whatever blessings they were after – be it girls, wealth or conquest – and they saw the gods as having the power to grant it.

At the same time, the gods needed food and just loved fresh meat.

Where is the room for such a commandment in Judaism?

You are right that the notion of animal sacrifice appears very unusual to us.

Moses served as the High Priest during these seven days, and on the eighth day his brother Aaron took over, as recorded in Leviticus chapters 8-9.

The Tabernacle was the center of Jewish spiritual life, and the precursor to the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.The ancients saw animal (or human) sacrifice as giving a gift or a bribe to their gods. By giving them some delicious cooked meat (or something even more precious to the giver, such as his child), they would get on the gods’ good side and get what they wanted – rain, crops, girlfriends, conquest, etc.In a deeper sense, the sacrifices of the ancients perfectly summed up the type of relationship they had with their gods.Let this serve as a resource not to giveup prematurely in the future. The Talmud explains "other things" as referring to idle, meaning less things.The Hebrew language has words that mean rest, play, relaxation, and pleasant activities, while it has no word for "fun." A "fun" activity has no goal, as is implied in the colloquial expression, "just for the fun of it." In other words, the goal of the activity is within itself, and fun does not lead to or result in anything else. Every human being is created with a mission in life.Even relaxation and judicious enjoyable activities, if they contribute to sound health, can be considered goal directed if they enhance our functioning.