Reading and Rereading the Akeidah

Rabbi Ethan Tucker

Ethics, Submission, and Serving God

Rabbi Erin Leib Smokler Rabbi Dov Linzer Rabbi Ethan Tucker

The Binding of Isaac raises many core religious questions: is true service to God achieved through submission? What is God trying to communicate in asking Abraham to sacrifice his son? What is achieved when God cancels that command? Hear this spirited conversation as our three panelists (Erin Leib Smokler, Dov Linzer and Ethan Tucker—from Yeshivat Maharat, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School and Mechon Hadar respectively) engage in a live collaborative reading of Genesis chapter 22 that aims to probe the depths of this text while grappling with its ongoing relevance for contemporary religious life.