by Steve Masters for Jewish Reconstructionist Communities
Akeidat Yitzchak/Akeidat Uri
Parashat Vayera includes what for me is one of the most disturbing stories in the Torah - Akeidat Yitzhak - the binding of Isaac.
The parasha closes with God presenting Avraham with a test. God calls out Avraham's name one time and Avraham answers immediately "hineni" - Here I am. God's directive is laid out in chilling detail in the text:
Take, now, your child, your only child, your beloved Yitzhak, and go forth to the land of Moriah, and offer him up there as a burnt-offering upon one of the mountains I shall indicate to you.
We do not find any mention of hesitation or questioning on the part of Avraham. Instead we read that Avraham wasted no time, that he "arose early the next morning" and set off with Yitzhak and some servants to the land of Moriah.
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