10 Minutes Won't Hurt by Michael Winner/3/23/2023 Every year there's a new reason that they think Moshiach is coming this Pesach. While I never put any weight into any of them, I myself have personally witnessed something that has never in history been said, and never will be repeated: A woman saying, "We're not doing any extra cleaning this year. We're cleaning according to halacha and that's it".Thankfully, life has been busy and the Tiny Tornado™ has been doing her job very well. We simply haven't had time to start. Hopefully we'll be ready by then….Korbanos (sacrifices) are one of those things that is hard for us to understand. Many of us grew up with this concept as something special we bring to please the gods, so they will give us their blessings and bounty. Yet, we are fully aware that Hashem has no needs from us, and everything that we do is not so much for his sake, but is for our sake, and to bring us closer to Him.The Ramban (Vayikdra 1: 9) famously explains that when a person brings a korban, he needs to think and feel as if this animal that is being killed, is him. For when a person sins, for example, in essence, he deserves to be killed, for he went against the King of Kings. So, when he brings this sacrifice, he should think, "this should really be me," and through that thought, he will come to an understanding of the gravity of what he did.Just as a person would go through fire and brimstone to be close to his wife and children, so too does a person's neshama wish to "sacrifice" itself to be close to it's Creator. And when a person sees himself in that korban, he reignites that desire for such a relationship.This is just one such explanation out of many. Yet, all of them show us that these korbanos are to bring us to a closer relationship with Hashem, in one way or another.And as we know, since we no longer have korbanos today, tefillah, or prayer, has taken its place.Imagine a person, who accidently committed a sin, during the times of the Beis HaMikdash. He travels to Yerushaliyim, he buys a nice korban, he rushes to the Beis HaMikdash itself, quickly does everything he needs to do without much thought, runs out, and goes back to his business without a second thought.What would we say of such a person? What would Hashem think about his "teshuva"?Yet, how many times do we all treat davening in such a way? How many times do we have a nice meal, and quickly rush through "Grace after Meals," maybe saying every other word, at most?I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that I'm not the only one out there. 😊Yet, when we treat such special times in the same way this above-mentioned person treated his korban … no wonder we feel that we're lacking a connection when we daven!Just as a person prepares himself before going into the Beis HaMikdash, and brings his korban in an orderly fashion, so too should we treat davening and "bentching" in the same way.Coming to shul in the morning ten minutes early might cost you a whole ten minutes of sleep, but your entire davening will be changed. Instead of zipping through the prayers, you can actually say them and have some connection to what you are saying.If prayer has replaced korbanos, then there is little reason to treat prayer in a lesser way than we would if we had the Beis HaMikdash in our times. And who knows? Perhaps if Hashem sees us treating prayer properly, He will consider us worthy of getting back the Beis HaMikdash.With that thought, I wish you all a wonderful Shabbos!