Akedah


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Akedah

biblical account of God commanding Abraham’s offerings. [Jewish Hist.: Wigoder, 17]
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Submission to God at the akedah comes for Abraham toward the end of a proactive existence.
Perhaps the most enduring reading of The Binding of Isaac, with a considerable afterlife in literature, philosophy, and biblical exegesis, is Soren Kierkegaard's interpretation of the Akedah in Fear and Trembling.
Philip Quinn takes the akedah as an example of moral dilemma, much like the one that Aeschylus's Agamemnon faced.
In the poem "Ein Totes Kind spricht" (In den Wohnungen des Todes, 1947), the reversal of the Akedah story occupies an implicit, but nonetheless pivotal, role.
It's like the Akedah," he repined, comparing his humiliating condition to some fable he'd learned in the study house.
A few years ago, I reviewed in these pages another book for young children published by Holiday House that dealt with the Biblical story of the Akedah, the binding and near-slaughter of Isaac.
The Torah Shrine, the defining feature of the synagogue's architecture, which held the scrolls of scripture, displays a centrally placed Temple facade flanked by Temple accoutrements on the left, such as the menorah, lulav, and etrog, and the binding of Isaac on the right--a reminder of the Temple's association with Mount Moriah, the traditional site of the Akedah or sacrifice of Isaac.
This chapter is suggestive and engaging, although the reader is left wondering about the ultimate philosophical meaning of Kierkegaard's reading of the Akedah.
42) Kafka's deepening Jewish consciousness evokes here a tableau of the Akedah.
Levinas interprets the Akedah, then, not as a story about the
In drawing creatively upon midrashic material about the Akedah (the binding of Isaac as he is about to be sacrificed), Diski's "supplement" Wright suggests, is perhaps best viewed in the Derridean sense of the term, in that it both adds onto and replaces the original text.
His poem "In the full Severity of Mercy" (Be-Khol Humrat ha-Rahamim) recalls God's promise to Abraham after the akedah (the binding of Isaac) that the Israelites would be numerous as stars and grains of sand by the sea (Genesis 22:17); this resonates with irony.