From Yishmael to Yitzchak
The Lost Sons of Avraham

Dena Weiss

One of the most chilling and compelling stories in the Torah is the story of Akeidat Yitzhak, where God tells Avraham to take his beloved son and sacrifice him. Much ink has been spent on the philosophical and moral questions that this passage raises. Instead let's ask the emotional and psychological questions. And in order to fully appreciate the emotional dimension of Avraham's experience, we need to go back to his oldest son, whom he also loved, and whom he also (almost?) lost. With the help of a midrash from Pirkei DeRabbi Eliezer, we'll try to move beyond the questions of right and wrong and put ourselves in Avraham's devastation, Yishmael's loneliness, and Yitzhak's fear and trembling.

Recorded at the Summer Learning Retreat 2021

From Yishmael to Yitzchak: The Lost Sons of Avraham
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