What is the connection between ‘Krav Maga’ and the Offerings and Sacrifices in the Tabernacle?

Our weekly Torah portion, as well as major parts of the Book of Leviticus, is concerned with the laws of the Sacrifices in the Tabernacle. Before we discuss this issue, we should probably explain first the original Hebrew meaning of the word ‘sacrifices’ (which bears the same meaning of the word ‘offerings’ in this context).

The Hebrew word for ‘sacrifices’ is ‘Korbanot’ {קרבנות} (*notice this is the plural form, in singular it is ‘Korban’ {קרבן}) and it derived from the root K-R-V {ק-ר-ב} which means ‘close’.

Some of you may recognize this Hebrew root because of its appearance in the name of the well-known Israeli martial art ‘Krav Maga’ {קרב מגע} – which is strongly connected to this root. It suggests ‘a face to face activity’ meaning “an encounter with the opponent from a close distance’.”

So how does bringing an offering to God relate to the Hebrew word ‘Karov’ {קרוב} (‘close’)?
The answer lies in what the act of bringing an offering to God symbolizes in Hebrew and that is the process of getting CLOSER to God.