"HaShem will see"
MarCheshvan 14, 5774/October 18, 2013
Avraham Avinu (our father Abraham), was used to swimming against the current. He was used to bucking trends. He was used to taking the politically correct catechism of his day and smashing it to bits, as he did with his father's idols, when he was all of three years old.
Likewise, Avraham was not adverse to expressing his understanding of right and wrong, even to
And Avraham was not shy to ask
Indeed, Avraham was known in his day as HaIvri, (the Hebrew), from the Hebrew word ever, as in the expression, mei-ever, from the other side, because if the entire world was on one side of a philosophical or spiritual divide, then Avraham could be found on the other side, doing his own thing, walking with
But all this doesn't explain Avraham's response when one fine day
But Avraham neither questioned, nor philosophized nor prevaricated nor hesitated for a moment. Silently he prepared and did
This wasn't Avraham's first test, but it was his greatest. We know that he wasn't afraid to walk it alone, and the three day journey he took to the land of Moriah must have been the loneliest days of his life. Or they would have been, had he not walked full with the conviction that, in spite of all the evidence to the contrary,
If Avraham's performance of
Avraham's children have never wavered in performing the commandment of brit milah, (circumcision), braving decrees against the practice, both in ancient times and today, and not succumbing to the politically correct tyranny that is currently vilifying the practice today. His children have always understood that this is a do or die commandment, and that by performing the commandment we consecrate life. History has not been so kind to the Jews concerning the fulfillment of Avraham'sjourney and ascension to Mount Moriah, the Temple Mount, in the city of Jerusalem, the place that Avraham named, "HaShem will see, as it is said to this day: On the mountain, HaShem will be seen." (ibid 22:14) But today, as in Avraham's day, we do have the ability to place our faith in