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Friday, November 6, 2020

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Daily Thought

When G-d asked Abraham to take his son, his only son, the son he loves, Isaac, and raise him for an offering upon a mountain, G-d said, “please.”

He said, “Please stand for me in this test, so they will not say, ‘The other tests were of no substance.’”

The other tests included being thrown in a fiery furnace for not worshipping Nimrod. Not complaining when he had to leave the land promised him so as not to starve. Not flinching with fear when he ran to save his nephew from the powerful armies that had captured him. Not wavering from his faith when he had been promised many children and not a single one had been born.

How could all this be unsubstantial if he would fail this one test?

Because it could just be that Abraham was nothing more than a man with a cause. It could just be that he withstood all those tests because he had an iron will. It could just be that it all had less to do with G-d and truth and more to do with his own self-identity.

Until a challenge came that would not promote his cause, not affirm his identity, not contribute to his future, or any future, and could only burn down everything he had ever built. 

But it was truth.

When Abraham fulfilled that impossible act, G-d said, “Don’t do anything to the lad. For now all will know that everything you do is real.” 

Likutei Sichot vol. 20, pg. 73ff.