Both Mirty and On The Fringe's explanations and analyzations of the lesson of the Akeidah are incredibly interesting and fascinating, but I want to address Paul's question:
Second thought, to which I have no answer:I responded in the comments:
* On Rosh Hashanah, we read of the two sons of Abraham, one of whom is exiled into the desert, and the other of whom is taken for sacrifice Har haMoriah (= the Bet Hamikdash).
* On Yom Hakippurim, we read of the two goats, one of whom is exiled into the desert, and the other of whom is taken for sacrifice in the Bet Hamikdash (= Har haMoriah).
--- what is the meaning of this profound parallel?
We must learn to rid ourselves of that which is bad for us; seperate from our sins and bad influences. We must also recognize that we must serve Hashem with all that we have (b'chol nafshicha, b'chol l'vavicha, u'v'chol meodecha) - but recognize in our times of frustration that Hashem never asks too much of us and would never ask us to sacrifice that which is truly important.The thought just occured to me spontaneously, and I have no idea if it is right; I'm curious as to what people think. It looks okay on first glance, but I'm biased. Anybody have any thoughts?
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