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Was Yitzchak Slaughtered at the Akaida?

Written by Rabbi Yehoshua Alt, 17/11/2019

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Was Yitzchak Slaughtered at the Akaida?

1) Before Avraham was about to slaughter Yitzchak, he was told do not stretch your hand out against the boy .[1] The Midrash says that from here we see a hint from the Torah to , the resurrection of the dead. Continues the Midrash, even Yitzchak said ... .[2] How do we see from this Pasuk a hint to ?

2) The Pasuk states , Avraham eulogized Sarah.[3] The Megale Amukos wonders why didnt Yitzchakan only child to Sarahalso eulogize her?[4]

3) Upon seeing Yitzchak, Rivka wonders [5], who is that man walking in the field toward us. How are we to grasp the holy Rivka inquiring about one of the opposite gender?

4) Rashi tells us on ,[6] the boys grew up, that Yaakov and Esav were 13 years old at the time. However, when we do the calculation, we see that they were actually 15! This is because Avraham was 100 when Yitzchak was born and Yitzchak was 6o when his childrenYaakov and Esavwere born.[7] 100 and 60 is 160. 13 years later would make Avraham 173. Yet we know that he was 175 when he died?[8]

5) The Yerushalmi says that the lives of the Avos come to a total of 500 years.[9] However, adding up the years of the AvosAvraham was 175, Yitzchak 180 and Yaakov 147we arrive at a total of 502, not 500?


Although we commonly think that Yitzchak wasnt slaughtered at the Akaida, the Midrash informs us of an opinion that he actually was slaughtered. This fits with the terminology we find in Chazal ..., the ashes of Yitzchak are before me on the ,[10] since he was actually slaughtered. It is also implicit in the phrasing of Rashi[11] who says through hearing the news of the Akaida that her son was ready for slaughter ..., she passed away. Rashi should say if he was nearly slaughtered. implies that he was slaughtered at the Akaida. This idea is alluded in the Gematria of , which is identical to , 208.


R Yeshaya Hertz from Dinov in his Sefer explains really Yitzchak was slaughtered by the Akaida and was later brought back to life by Hashem. If so, how do we explain ..., dont slaughter Yitzchak. This was said after Hashem resurrected him, as Hashem was saying to Avraham dont send forth your hand for a second time. Consequently, from here we see a hint to from the Torah! Yitzchak was the first one to have such a miracle like this happen to him. Indeed, we find a hint to the resurrection in his name as rearranged spells after he dies, he is then brought back to life. Furthermore, the second Bracha of Shemona Esreithe Bracha of corresponds to Yitzchak. 


From the wound he sustained at the Akaida, he needed to be healed. He was thus taken to Gan Eden for two years to be healed, says the Midrash. This is why after the Akaida it says ...,[12] Avraham returned, since Yitzchak wasnt with him as he was in Gan Eden.


With this, we can explain how Yitzchak recognized the smell of Gan Eden on Yaakov when he gave him the Brachos , he smelled the fragrance of his garments.[13]    


When it says Yitzchak was 60 when Yaakov and Eav were born, it doesnt include the two years he was in Gan Eden. He therefore was really 62. Consequently, Avraham was 162 when they were born. 13 years later make Avraham 175.


With this information, we can comprehend why the Yerushalmi says only 500 years and not 502, regarding the years of the lives of the Avos, as it doesnt include the two years that Yitzchak was in Gan Eden.


It was at this time while he was in Gan Eden that Yitzchaks mother died. He therefore didnt eulogize his mother. This also explains why upon seeing Yitzchak, Rivka commented as he was just in Gan Eden.[14]

Rabbi Alt merited to learn under the tutelage of R Mordechai Friedlander Ztzl for close to five years. He received Semicha from R Zalman Nechemia Goldberg. Rabbi Alt has written on numerous topics for various websites and publications. He lives with his wife and family in a suburb of Yerushalayim where he studies, writes and teaches. The author is passionate about teaching Jews of all levels of observance.

[1] Breishis 22:12.

[2] Taamai Haminhagim, p. 146. R Chaim Vitaal testified on himself that his Rebbethe Arizalrevived him after his Neshama left him just like Elisha Hanavi. When his Neshama returned to him, R Chaim Vitaal recited the Bracha of (Shaar Hagilgulim p. 63b. Shomer Emunim, Maamar Haemuna, chapter 12. See footnote 27 there.).

[3] Breishis 23:2. The name is comprised of the words as his mother died as a result of the Akaida.

[4] Megale Amukos, Chaya Sarah, s.v. .

[5] Breishis 24:65.

[6] Breishis 25:27.

[7] 25:26.

[8] 25:30.

[9] Yerushalmi Brachos 1:1.

[10] Vayikra 26:42, Rashi. See Zevachim 62a, Taanis 16a, Tosafos.

[11] 23:2, Rashi.

[12] 22:19.

[13] Breishis 27:27, Rashi. See the Redal in Pirkei Drebi Eliezer 31, s.v. .

[14] A hint to this idea is found in that the Gematria of : Yitzchak came (which is written in the story of Yitzchak and Rivka) is identical to , from Gan Eden217 (Breishis 24:62. See ).

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