Reading the Akedah as a Mother of Sons

By Deborah Dash Moore

CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, September 16, 1994

As a mother, reading the Akedah, the story of Abraham's near-sacrifice of Isaac, is difficult if not entirely inaccessible. The story emphasizes only the father-son relationship, on the level of God-Abraham, and Abraham-Isaac. Using the Akedah's haftorah, the author reaches the conclusion that had Sarah been asked, she would have refused to sacrifice her son.

Topic: Parenthood, Gender, Children, Relationships, Jewish Text

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Cardin, Nina Beth

Volume/Issue: Vol.25/no.477

Page Number(s): 3-4

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Moore, Deborah Dash. Reading the Akedah as a Mother of Sons. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. 16 September 1994: 3-4. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=7575


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