Taking the Beloved Son
Parashat VaYera

Dena Weiss

The most vexing and terrifying element of the story of Akeidat Yitzhak, the Binding of Isaac, is not the moral question of whether Avraham sacrificed his ethics in his willingness to sacrifice his son. It is also not the question of whether God could, or even did, demand that sacrifice. What is so completely inscrutable and horrifying about this request (or test) is Avraham’s emotional response to it. The lack thereof. Avraham barely reacts at all.

Taking the Beloved Son
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