In regards the Akeida, the Gemara explains that Hashem did not just tell Avraham what to do but actually spoke to Avraham in the form of a request saying: I have tested you with a number of tests and you withstood them all. Please withstand this test, so that people will not say that the first tests were not really all that significant. However, this raises a pretty powerful question: why would Avraham’s inability to withstand the Akeida mean that the first 9 tests were insignificant? After all, Avraham was willing to be thrown into fire by Nimrod because of his belief in the Oneness of Hashem!
Living Jewish Lech Vayera:
“We learned in the Alter Rebbe’s Torah Ohr, Lech Lecha that a covenant (brit) is defined as a commitment that transcends reason and understanding. The example is given of two people who establish a covenant to make sure their love will last. Even if, over time, they don’t have a compelling reason to maintain their love, because of the covenant, they will continue to love each other even though logic might dictate otherwise. When I learned this I was struck with the following question: how can a person force himself to feel love?”.
Find the answer in this week’s Living Jewish!