Parshat VaYera (Genesis 18:1 – 22:24) (פרשת וירא (יח:א – כב:כד
October 31, 2015 – 18 Heshvan 5776
By Rabbi Josh Weinberg
1 And it came to pass after these things, that God did prove Abraham, and said unto him: ‘Abraham’; and he said: ‘Here am I.’ 2 And He said: ‘Take now thy son, thine only son, whom thou lovest, even Isaac, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt-offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.’
Why does it matter where Avraham offers his son up as an offering? More so than the basic narrative of being tested through the sacrifice of one’s own son, the designated location in which this takes place proves to be a significant factor for the future development of our people.
“El Eretz HaMoriah – to the Land of Moriah” seems inherently insignificant and more like an unknown land far away lacking any emotional connection.
The etymology of the Hebrew word: מוריה is also puzzling. Read more…