Sacrifice, the offering of the best of ourselves after failure, the offering of good intentions, does generate and germinate the sweet smell of acceptance, kindness, patience and tolerance, the creation of a space for both Jews and non-Jews to make amends for their imperfections. These sacrificial dreams are not such barbaric dreams and practices after all. Remove your mind’s fixation on its ancient incarnation with animals and blood, and instead see the animals and blood as the complete offering of oneself to spiritual life, to ethical life, to the life of a better tomorrow, to life beyond and despite imperfections. Once you offer up your own worst self as a peace offering to a neutral and sometimes hostile universe, suddenly there is the sweet smell of reconciliation. The air seems different, beauty reemerges, and so does hope.