For the nefesh of the basar is in the dahm: and I have given it to you upon the Mizbe'ach to make kapporah for your nefashot: for it is the dahm that maketh kapporah for the nefesh.
For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement (Leviticus 17:11).
By faith Abel offered to G-d a better sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained the testimony that he was righteous, G-d testifying about his gifts, and through faith, though he is dead, he still speaks (Hebrews 11:4).
Over 2000 years before Abraham laid his son Yitzhak upon the altar, Abel was deemed righteous by faith.
Sacrifice and offering you did not desire -- but my ears you have opened -- burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require (Psalm 40:6).
My sacrifice, O G-d, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, G-d, will not despise (Psalm 51:17).
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