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The Silence of Abraham

Akeidat Yitzchak (the Binding of Isaac) is among the most profound stories in the Torah. The symbolism and the archetypal nature of this incident have awed commentators and readers for millennium. Not only Jews but Christians and Moslems as well have incorporated the lessons and the imagery of this account of faith and sacrifice into […]

A Three-fold Cord

“A three-fold cord is not quickly broken” (Ecclesiastes 4:12). This verse refers to the three patriarchs – Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. When Abraham took Isaac to be sacrificed, the Torah relates: “On the third day; and Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place from afar” (Genesis 22:4). The Zohar (Parashat Va’eira 495) teaches […]