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I’m Not Religious; I’m Spiritual

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/torah_portion/article/im_not_religious_im_spiritual_20110315

In some prayer books, the opening verses of this week’s Torah portion serve as a preparation for prayer. The verses repeat over and over again that a perpetual fire shall continue to burn on the altar. Why the focus on the need to keep the fire burning? And what does it mean to us now, after the destruction of the Temple and the end of the sacrificial system, when there is no longer a literal fire?

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