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The sefer שער בת רבים brings from the Alshich and the Abarbanel that the reason that Yitzchok only asked about the wood and the fire was because he was asking a very clever question which would force Avraham to tell him the truth: He asked: Behold, you brought fire and wood from home even though these are things which you can get anywhere, even in the ...


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This is discussed by Abarbanel (Bereshis 22). He explains previous commentators as understanding that Avraham's pain in killing his own son, although less than Yitzchak's pain of actually being killed, would last throughout the rest of his life, and thus would have been much worse than Yitzchak's pain. In his words: ואם כן יצחק שמסר עצמו לשחיטה עם היות ...


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The Tzemach Tzedek, in Derech Mitzvosecha 186b brings this same question in the name of R' Menachem Mendel of Horodok. He asks it much the same as you did, but he adds that Yitzchak was 37, and if he had wanted to.....: ובזה ית' מה דקשיא טובא מדוע יחס הכתוב נסיון דעקידה לאברהם הלא יותר היה נסיון ליצחק וכדאי' קושיא זו בזהר שהרי יצחק הי' אז בן ל"ז שנה, ...


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The Lubavitcher Rebbe (Likkutei Sichos Volume 20, Vayera #3) said that the difference between the two tests was that in the first test, Avraham did what any normal "holy" person would do. He lived his whole life to spread G-dliness, and here is the ultimate way to show how much you believe in G-d - That you are willing to give up your life for it. The ...


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I hope you'll accept my memory lapse as to who said it, but I once saw one of the mefarshim say that by Sedom, Avraham was "tipped" as to the fact that he should advocate, as he figured "why else would G-d be telling me if not that I am supposed to do something about it?" (Similar as to how Moshe knew to "argue" with Hashem about destroying the Jewish people ...


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From wikipedia: Adult female sheep are referred to as ewes, intact males as rams or occasionally tups, castrated males as wethers, and younger sheep as lambs. This is basically what we're seeing in Hebrew too, though the word for lamb -- seh -- can mean "a young animal" which you then specify, see Deuteronomy 14:4 which says "a sheep seh or a goat ...


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In a note to the Rada"l's commentary on the Pirkei D'Rebbi Eliezer (Chapter 31), the Rada"l addresses this issue. He points out the Midrash that Rashi (Bereshit 22:1) quotes: And some say,“ after the words of Ishmael,” who was boasting to Isaac that he was circumcised at the age of thirteen, and he did not protest. Isaac said to him,“ With one organ you ...


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Rashi cites three underlying causes: (a) a Heavenly accusation that Avraham had shown insufficient gratitude to G-d for the gift of a son, so Hashem gave him the opportunity to demonstrate that he would indeed be willing to give up that very same son at G-d's command; (b) Yishmael's contention that his conscious decision to be circumcised (at age 13) ...


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I asked a fellow in Shul this morning this question, and he showed me a fascinating Medrash Raba. Medrash Raba Vayeira 56 third line from the top. Avaraham prayed at Mount Moriah after he was told not to sacrifice Yitzchak that Hashem should have Mercy on the Jews even if due to sin they are not deserving of it . ר' יוחנן אמר: אמר לפניו רבון העולמים ...


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I'd heard Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald comment that after the Akeida, the relationship between Avraham and Yitzchak was somewhat -- distanced.


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Here is a blog post that breaks down the Rogatchover Gaon's interpretation of the verse (Bereshit 22:6): ו וַיִּקַּח אַבְרָהָם אֶת-עֲצֵי הָעֹלָה, וַיָּשֶׂם עַל-יִצְחָק בְּנוֹ, וַיִּקַּח בְּיָדוֹ, אֶת-הָאֵשׁ וְאֶת-הַמַּאֲכֶלֶת; וַיֵּלְכוּ שְׁנֵיהֶם, יַחְדָּו. 6 And Abraham took the wood of the burnt-offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and ...


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See Shalom Spiegel's famous study "The Last Trial: On the Legends and Lore of the Command to Abraham to Offer Isaac As a Sacrifice : The Akedah" which discusses many different perspectives on the Akedah, mostly from midrashic sources. In particular, he brought to light the important notion, contained in many medieval sources (with earlier precedents) that ...


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In Braishis 22 we read And an angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven. And he said, "By Myself have I sworn, says the Lord, that because you have done this thing and you did not withhold your son, your only one, That I will surely bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens and as ...


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Get specific names. The point of much commentary is that the test was to go against his nature and be willing just as Yitzchak (especially if he was 37) had to be willing to be sacrificed. However, Yitzchak's characteristic was strength and it was not as much of a test because once he died it would be over. Avraham would have to live with it and it violated ...


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Here's what Avraham Schick in אשד נחלים writes: כלומר מסבת ראות המלאכים כי מעיניהם ירדו דמעה לעיניו וע״כ כהו בימי הזקנה • והדבר בעצמו צריך ביאור איך יצוייר דמעה במלאכי׳ עליונים רוחניים • ומדוע דווקא נזלו לתוך עינו דווקא • והנראה בזה דהנה יצחק בעצמו מרוב אהבתו את ה׳ לא פחד לבו ולא נמצא בלבו רחמים על עצמו • אבל מעצם נפשו אשר היא אדוקה במלאכים ...


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My rav explained: (IY"H, when I see him next week, I will ask him where he got this source, and edit it.) For now, the explanation sounds credible. Sorry - I don't want to reveal his name... Child sacrifice was common and customary at that time. Therefore, Avraham did not protest the request. Yes, Avraham probably was pained that he would have to sacrifice ...


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I once heard in the name of Rabbi Mordechai Miller zatsal of Gateshead that there were two ways how Avrohom could fulfill the command to sacrifice his son. 1) By "turning his heart to stone" and do a mechanical act, cutting out any emotional feelings. 2) By doing it with all the emotions intact, with crying, tears and all. Obviously this second way is much ...


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Literally, he didn't ask him to slaughter him, just to bring him up on the alter as a sacrifice. The whole thing was a test of faith whether he would listen to Gd with a good heart for such a painful test. Here's a quote from the chovos halevavos shaar cheshbon hanefesh chapter 3 way#27 Know, my brother, that for the ten tests which G-d tested Avraham ...


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My Rebbe said that It's harder to live al kiddush Hashem than to die al kidush hashem.


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Its clear that the simple explanation is that this was the ultimate test - would Avraham listen to God no matter what- even if God told him to sacrifice his son. That is why the akeida starts off "and God tested [נִסָּה] Avraham", and after Avraham passes the test, God tells him "...כִּי, יַעַן אֲשֶׁר עָשִׂיתָ אֶת-הַדָּבָר הַזֶּה, וְלֹא חָשַׂכְתָּ, ...


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I heard (but do not have the citation) that the Izhbitzer says in Mei Hashilo'ach that Hashem was presenting Avraham with doubt by placing him in a situation that did not have a clear solution. The unclarity was a test of Avraham's character.



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