(Times of Israel) A team of leading rabbis are set to publicly reenact the temple’s Passover paschal offering this week, complete with slaughtering a lamb, drizzling blood over an altar-like structure, and roasting the animal while adorned in traditional priestly garb, with accompaniment by a Levite choir

The ritual — now in its third year — drew fierce criticism from animal rights groups, the Walla news portal reported.

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The purpose of the ceremony, a representative of The Joint Committee of Temple Organizations explained, is to practice the rituals “so on the day when we are permitted to bring the sacrifice, we’ll be trained [to do it].”

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