Re: The Sacrifice of Isaac

Akiva & Gila Atwood (
Mon, 3 Feb 1997 15:15:56 +0200

Avraham Avinu was not asked to sacrifice Yitzhak, his son. He was asked
to bring him up as an olah. I heard a story from one of my teachers
which was given to illustrate the difference. A distraught man confessed
to his Rabbi that he had committed a heinous crime. The rabbi told him
to come to the shul to confess his crime to the entire kehila. On the
appointed day the man arrived at the shul, trembling and pale; and
approached the bimah, ready to speak. At the last moment the Rabbi
stopped him and told him he didn't have to go through with it. The man
just needed to go through the mental preparation- that was his test and
his tikun. Similarly for Avraham- he was a tzaddik and his test was on a
higher level- but here too the preparation was the avoda, and not the
deed. Of course, this is only one interpretation.

Mrs. G. Atwood.
Akiva & Gila Atwood
POB 27515
Jerusalem, Israel 91274