Parshat Vayera contains the Torah's narrative of Akeidat Yitzhak, the binding of Isaac. The intensity of this story and potential for contradictory messages make this a complex topic to address. What are we supposed to learn from the Akeida? This biblical narrative deals with the basic questions of one’s relationship with God and nation, parents and children.
The narrative begins with a test. וַיְהִי, אַחַר הַדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה, וְהָאֱלֹקים, נִסָּה אֶת-אַבְרָהָם. Even t
Our Sages, Chazal, fill in the blanks of Avraham’s formative years as a spiritual and intellectual role model with impeccable character. He smashes his father’s idols and will even enter into the fiery furnace in the name of his monotheism. But, the question still remains: Why would the Torah not present and highlight all these early accomplishments of Avraham if they are so critical? First, these are midrashim and they teach us great lessons. But, I would like to focus