Isaac’s Binding, Rachel’s Tears

Rabbi Tali Adler

Sacrifice and the High Holidays

Akeidat Yitzhak, the Torah reading for the second day of Rosh Hashanah, is usually seen as the ultimate Jewish model of personal sacrifice. But is willingness to die for God really the epitome of sacrifice? In this session, we will explore a midrash that questions Akeidat Yitzhak's role as the central model of personal sacrifice, and offers a story about Rachel our Matriarch as an alternative. We will use the midrash to explore questions such as: What does sacrifice look like? What role should it play in our religious lives? And what might our High Holidays look like with a different model of religious sacrifice at the center? Part of our 2018 Pre-High Holiday Boston Beit Midrash series.