Binding of Isaac

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Period of the Forefathers
Genesis 22:1-14

And it happened after these things that God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham,” and he replied, “Here I am.”  And He said, “Please take your son, your only one, whom you love – Isaac – and go to the land of Moriah; bring him up there as an offering upon one of the mountains which I shall tell you.”  So Abraham woke up early in the morning and he saddled his donkey; he took his two young men with him and Isaac, his son; he split the wood for the offering, and stood up and went to the place of which God had spoken to him.  On the third day, Abraham raised his eyes and perceived the place from afar.  And Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here by yourselves with the donkey, while I and the lad will go yonder; we will worship and we will return to you.”  And Abraham took the wood for the offering, and placed it on Isaac, his son.  He took in his hand the fire and the knife, and he two of them went together.  Then Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “Father – “And he said, “Here I am, my son.”  And he said, “Here are the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for the offering?”  And Abraham said, “God will seek out for Himself the lamb for the offering, my son.”  And the two of them went together.  They arrived at the place of which God had spoken to him; Abraham built the altar there, and arranged the wood; he bound Isaac, his son, and he placed him on the altar atop the wood.  Abraham stretched out his hand, and took the knife to slaughter his son.  And an angel of Hashem called to him from the heaven, and said, “Abraham!  Abraham!”  And he said, “Here I am.”  And he said “Do not stretch out your hand against the lad nor do anything to him for now I know that you are a God-fearing man, since you have not withheld your son, your only one, from Me.”  And Abraham raised his eyes and saw – behold, a ram! – afterwards, caught in the thicket by its horns; so Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as an offering instead of his son.  And Abraham called the name of that site “Hashem Yireh,” as it is said this day, on the mountain Hashem will be seen.

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