Akedat Yitzchak

Betraying a Brother Can Never Be Casual

by R. Gidon Rothstein Akedat Yitzhak, Sha’ar 23 (Parshat Toledot) Stealing the Birthright Parshat Toledot begins with an incident putting Ya’akov in a seemingly bad light, where he takes advantage of Esav’s exhaustion to extract the rights of the first-born. R. Arama tells us he will discuss the norms of brotherhood, the problems with deceit and trickery, to then show how ...

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A First Look at R. Yitzchak Arama’s View of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippu

by R. Gidon Rothstein The Torah introduces Yom Kippur with the service of the Kohen Gadol, the High Priest, in Acharei Mot, sha’ar 63 in Akeydat Yitzchak. Because I generally fail to pay enough attention to hagim until they’re upon me, I left only one week for us to discuss ideas of Yom Kippur, and am therefore skipping the first ...

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The ‘Akeydah

by R. Gidon Rothstein R. Yitzchak Arama’s View of the ‘Akeydah Itself Last time, R. Arama set up the ‘Akeydah as an opportunity for Avraham to show his readiness to listen to Hashem on a most difficult task. Now, he fleshes out some of the challenges Avraham faced in building his way to proving his readiness. Questions About the ‘Akeydah Like his contemporary, Abarbanel, R. Arama ...

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To Discuss Hashem’s Knowledge, Remember Not to Think of Hashem in Human Terms

by R. Gidon Rothstein My summaries of R. Arama’s ‘Akeydat Yitzchak minimize a remarkable aspect of the work, his ability to yoke his expression of his philosophical worldview to his consecutive reading of the Torah. In a way which reminds me of Sefer Ha-Chinuch’s structuring his presentation of mitzvot by the order in which they appear in the Torah, R. ...

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