The Faith of Isaac (part 3 of 7)

Series: Abraham, Isaac, and El Shaddai

"He said, 'Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.'" - Genesis 22:2


Literally, God says he wants Abraham to bring Isaac up (veha'aleihu). To make aliyah is to go up to Jerusalem, to emigrate to Israel. It comes from the same root. The sages point out that God does not explicitly say anything about slaughtering his son because he never intended to permit Abraham to do so. He says instead, "I want you to bring him up to Moriah." Abraham unde