2 thoughts on “The Akedah: Abraham’s Sacrifice of Issac – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. interesting
    i’m actually writing a paper on what the akedah reveals about Abraham, Isaac and God and my theme was also the inactions and the lack of emotions and how that reveal more about the characters.
    nicely written btw

  2. I have always felt that the binding of Isaac was a story about a rite of passage for Isaac. You mention that in the sparseness and simplicity of the story we are left to wonder what went through the minds of Abraham and Isaac as they walked to Mt. Moriah. I believe that Isaac knew what was going to happen, and he knew that things would change between him and his father. After that event, Isaac became a man in his own right, led a productive life, and was able to bridge the rift between his two families. Unfortunately, we focus on very little about Isaac because we are stopped in our tracks by the Akedah story. He was a man of place, cultivated the desert, founded the town of Rehovot (not present day). Unlike his father and his sons, whose life work included moving about, he stayed put. He was a loyal son to his mother. He respected his wife and her wisdom in choosing Jacob for the final blessing. (It’s hard to believe that he actually believed the ruse perpetrated on him as he lay dying.)

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