From Ethics of Sacrifice to Ethics of Care

Rabbi Aviva Richman

Through the lens of t’khines (early modern, Yiddish prayers), we will explore a  reinterpretation of Akeidat Yitzhak that is at once critical and pious.  These women’s prayers refuse to glorify Avraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son, in contrast to canonical, high holiday liturgy, and instead seek new meaning in the centrality of the akeidah. What can this stance of critique and piety teach us about our own approaches to theology and prayer?