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 17:6
 17:7
17:6 The priest will then dash the blood on God's altar at the Communion Tent's entrance, and burn the choice parts as an appeasing fragrance to God.
Vezarak hakohen et-hadam al-mizbach Adonay petach Ohel Mo'ed vehiktir hachelev lere'ach nichoach l'Adonay.
17:7 The Israelites will then stop sacrificing to the demons who [continue to] tempt them. This shall be an eternal law for them for all generations.
Velo-yizbechu od et-zivcheyhem lase'irim asher hem zonim achareyhem chukat olam tihyeh-zot lahem ledorotam.



Commentary:

demons
  Even if the motive is not idolatrous, but merely to gain occult powers (Sforno). Since it was permitted to send the goat to Azazel (Leviticus 16:8), the Torah specifically warned that this does not mean that sacrifices to the forces of evil are permitted (cf. Moreh Nevukhim 3:46).

eternal law
  Not to sacrifice to demons (Ralbag; Sforno). This also teaches that even when the Temple is not standing, it is forbidden to sacrifice elsewhere. That is why, now that the Temple is destroyed, no sacrifices are offered.





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