Re: The sacrifice of Isaac

Gershon Dubin (
Wed, 13 Nov 1996 12:54:20 PST

In reply to:
>> But perhaps in another way he failed by not arguing with HaShem in
>the>> same way that he had argued with Him about His planned destruction
>of>> Sodom and Gamorah. Aren't we intended to be the people who "wrestle
>with>> G-d (and win!)," as our later name Israel infers.

Rav Shimon Schwab z"l in his sefer explains that the Torah uses
the phrase "vayered Hashem" (Hashem descended) in connection with the
decree of destruction of Sodom not to describe a physical but a
conceptual descent. He explains this to mean that Hashem **wanted**
Avraham to understand what He was planning to do, on Avraham's own
level. This opened the door to argue with Hashem until he reached an
understanding of His decree. After this argument is completed, the
Torah says "veAvraham shav limkomo" Avraham returned to his place,
again in a nonliteral sense, that he returned to his usual practice of
accepting and following Hashem's decrees without question.