Since we don’t have a Beis HaMikdash, we don’t have the opportunity to offer Korbanos. We are all looking forward to the third Beis HaMikdash when once again we will be able to offer Korbanos, but until that happens, HaShem has given us a couple of other “substitutes”:
In fact, our system of prayer is based on sacrifices! We pray 3 times a day – morning, afternoon, and night, because there were 3 daily offerings in the Mishkan and Beis HaMikdash – every morning, afternoon, and night.
Also, every Shabbos we recite an additional Amidah prayer called Musaf, which describes in detail this special Korban Musaf (meaning “additional sacrifice”) brought on Shabbos.
And on every Rosh Chodesh and every holiday, the Amidah prayer of Musaf describes exactly which Korbanos were brought on these occasions.
Lucky for us, the Chumash, Mishnah and Talmud are all translated into English.
The laws of Korbanos are so important that, in fact, one sixth of the Mishnah and Talmud is dedicated to these laws. The Mishnah and Talmud have 6 sections, called Shishah Sedorim, and one of the sections is Seder Kodshim – the laws of the holy sacrifices.
Fortunately, there are books printed today that even have beautiful diagrams and illustrations describing Korbanos.