Akedah n. Hebrew (ah-kay-DAH) Literally, “binding.” Specifically, the incident in Genesis when God tells Abraham to bind (tie up) his son Isaac and prepare to sacrifice the boy. At the last moment, God stops Abraham from going through with the deed. Explanations of the Akedah include that God was testing Abraham’s obedience; that it shows God never would allow human sacrifice; and that God is benevolent, understanding, and respectful of a parent’s love for his or her child. The word is also symbolic, in a larger sense, of a Jew’s willingness to “sacrifice” for his beliefs. Also called Akedat Yitzchak (the Binding of Isaac).
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