Abraham

The binding of Isaac: Avraham, Yizhak and the angel

The binding of Isaac; the completion of love

by yedidah on November 13, 2014

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The fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob make up the Merkavah, a Hebrew word meaning “chariot” . In our modern language we could translate this as a vehicle for the light and love of God, receiving it and passing it on to others.

Being their children, we also have within our potential, the vessels they brought to the Merkavah.

The act of the Akedah, the binding of Issac, was the most important  rectification of the Merkavah, in that it united and completed the elements of both Abraham and of Isaac;  Abraham, the embodiment of the  Sephirah of chesed , loving-kindness, with Yitzhak the embodiment of the  vessel for the  manifestation of the light of God.

One doing the binding, the other agreeing to be bound. Avraham and Yitzhak take on roles opposite to their own innate natures; Avraham using the vessels of Yitzhak acting with stern judgment, and Isaac wrapping himself in the vessel of Avraham, yielding and giving.

Rabbi Ashlag in his commentary on the Zohar, indicates that the  unification they achieved  is of the same essence as the unification of the night and the day;  as on the first day of Creation, ” and it was evening and it was morning, one day.”  Looked at in its true  light, the Akedah was an act of  the fulfillment of love, which we, as their children inherit.

From the Perush HaSulam Zohar Vayera paragraph 484 and Berishit 1 paragraphs  356-7

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God spoke to Abraham and Abraham heard

And God spoke to Avraham

by yedidah on November 6, 2014

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And God spoke to Abraham.

Since the flood, silence. God had not revealed himself to mankind again. What was He waiting for?

On the finish of the Creation, the words of the Torah are, vayhal  Elohim, “and God finished”  But the Holy Or HaChaim, Rabbi Ibn Atar, tells us that these words also have the connotation of God “yearning” for Man.  What was He yearning for?

The answer comes when we consider why God spoke to Abraham. What made Abraham different from all the other members of his generation that God should speak to Him?  Even more poignant is the question is, in what way had Abraham prepared himself so he heard the voice of God? Why does the advent of Abraham mark a new beginning for mankind, a new consciousness, to the extent that the Torah suggests that the entire Creation was waiting for his coming ?

As we study the Zohar on this question, we begin to understand how to  discover our own inner Abraham.

My thanks to my Chevruta Leah Weinstein pointing out the Perush of the Or haChayim; and to my Chevruta Jodie Lebowitz who patiently learned the sources with me.

Zohar from Perush haSulam Lech Lecha, paragraph 1

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Avraham: The meaning of a name.

by yedidah October 10, 2013
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“And your name shall no longer be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham, for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations.”This sentence not only changes reality for Abraham but also for us.. From Rabbi Baruch Shalom Ashlag on the Zohar .

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