"Challenges you to go beneath the brief, shocking story and ask:
who is the tester, who is the tested and what motivates the
Among stories so terrible they rend our hearts, so profound they
touch the depths of our souls, and so exalted they reach to heaven,
none is more poignant than the Bible story of Abraham's sacrifice
of his son, Isaac. A story revered by Jews, Christians and Muslims,
and turned over and over by great secular thinkers searching for
meaning, this gripping tale shocks us into complete attention, then
takes us in nineteen short verses on a roller coaster ride of
emotion, challenge and hope.
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, known widely for making the Hebrew
Bible relevant to our lives, draws on generations of Jewish sages,
philosophers and scholars to explore this ancient story, known as
the binding of Isaac or the test of Abraham. He invites us to use
this powerful tale as a tool for our own soul wrestling, to
transcend its words to confront our own existential sacrifices and
our ability to face and surmount life s tests. By applying this
tale s lessons to everyday events, Artson compels us to pay closer
attention to our lives and, through our priorities,
responsibilities, mindfulness and faith, ask ourselves if we are
passing our own tests."
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