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And They Walked Together

More Than Blind Loyalty


Rabbi David Fohrman

Rabbi David Fohrman

Founder and Lead Scholar

The story of Akeidat Yitzchak (the Binding of Isaac) is an incredibly stirring narrative. The climax of the action, when the angel stops Abraham just as he’s about to slaughter his son, is perhaps one of the most dramatic moments in the entire Bible. But what if this moment isn’t actually the climax of the story? What if there is another moment that is even more central? It turns out that the whole story of Akeidat Yitzchak follows a chiastic structure, and the center of that chiasm, the thematic climax of the story, comes before Abraham even arrives at Mt. Moriah. It is a simple conversation Abraham has with Isaac while they are on their journey. 

In this video, Rabbi Fohrman focuses on this key moment and reveals why it is, indeed, the most important moment of this whole story. You may just come to learn that Abraham’s heroism is even greater than you realized.


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