The Banishment and Retrieval of Ishmael

Wendy Amsellem

In chapter 21 of Genesis, Ishmael is banished and left to die in the wilderness. How could Abraham have done this to his beloved son? Why was this story selected as the Torah reading for Rosh haShannah?  We will explore why Abraham sent Ishmael away and how the Rabbis struggle to bring Ishmael back. Recorded live at the 2016 Community Beit Midrash.

The Banishment and Retrieval of Ishmael
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