The point of view that Yehoshua Kahan put forth , seems to me too
simplistic. Even if I write in terms of piety I can still find Biblical
justifications for an approach that I can adhere to and which I think can
be put forth as reasonable. G-d has various ways to carry out his plan for
this world. When He delivered Israel from Pharaoh he did this by steps and
not directly. Indirection is a feasible method to use when people have free
will. Also obedience to G-d or even gods in itself is not specific to our
own history and people. It has been pretty general through out the world.
But what did the Kadosh Baruch Hu do with this piety of Abraham? How did he
turn it into an unforgettable experience that would usher in a new
relationship between the generations and change sacrifice to be something
that would not transgress His own Law to come? He put Abraham to the test
brought him to the brink, psychologically, so that his salvation from that
unwelcome act would be always vivid and never repeated. In Shakespeare's
"King Lear" we have Edgar leading his blind and melancholy father, as if to
an abyss so that when "saved" he would make no further attempt at suicide.
The miracle is not Abraham's obedience or Sarah's compliance but that the
Shem brings His people, step by step to a higher morality through being
obedient. Obedience without morality , as I wrote before , makes me shiver.
There have been experiments in this generation to distance morality from
our actions. As a Jew who is in mind of our rich and sometimes painful
heritage and our Torah I feel that we must never forget our values.
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