Any sin-offering from which some blood has been brought to the Tent of Meeting … it shall be burned in fire. (Vayikra 6:23)

The Meshech Chochmah explains that there are those sin offerings where the blood is brought on the inner Mizbeach of the Beis Hamikdash and there are those where the blood is sprinkled on the outer Mizbeach. In general, we just assume this to be a gezeres hakasuv and don’t give it much thought. However, the Meshech Chochmah gives us an insight into what is going on. There are different types of sins which people commit due to lack of motivation, persuasion or incorrect thought. The sacrifice must relate to the core reasons for the sin and correct the corresponding deficiency. Those sins which were committed due to a lack of understanding or carelessness of thought relate to the most inner aspects of the human being. Thus, the blood is sprinkled in the inner-sanctum of the Holy Temple because that area of the Temple is our central being. There are other sins which one might commit because one has a desire or lust for certain activities. This is relevant more to the external parts of our being, and therefore the blood is sprinkled outside of the Temple. Thus, the Torah tells us that if an offering is to be brought outside the Temple and the blood sprinkled there, one must not bring this offering and sprinkle the blood inside the Temple, for that is not the proper location to use to correct that fault.

The Meshech Chochmah also highlights another difference between these offerings: The “external” offerings are not totally consumed, and instead there are parts which are salvaged and used. He explains that though we have physical needs, they are not to be eradicated–only channeled. Therefore, only part of the offering is consumed. However, those offerings which are brought inside the Beis Hamikdash are to correct those sins which were done with one’s intellect. Those sins which are based on thoughts which are contrary to the Torah must be uprooted and excised from the person’s being. Thus, there is no part of the offering which is salvaged.

In our lives we sometimes do things which are incorrect, and we try to rectify them. It is not sufficient to take care of the sin itself; we must also treat the root and the cause of the sin. The Meshech Chochmah has taught us that sometimes the root of the sin is one which we merely need to redirect the energies that were used, while sometimes the nature of the sin is one in which eradication of the root is necessary..

The Chofetz Chaim had a daughter who had a love for money. He understood that this is a natural tendency and should not be repressed, but rather channeled. He therefore made his daughter a gabbai tzedakah, enabling her to use her desire for money for a holy purpose that is to be lauded. This idea is actually mentioned in the gemora in Shabbos that people who have certain kinds of natures are to find mitzvas to do which give them fulfillment.

For example, there are those who have an artistic flair. If they use this to beautify a shul or a mitzvah – even to make a decoration for a sukkah – they have used their potential for its intended purpose.

May we merit to tap into and optimize all our natural tendencies, for none of them are essentially bad.