the first jewish parent

Yitzhak Avinu's main midah is Gevurah or Din. The Akeidah was done for him, he needed it, he needed to be able to give of himself wholely to HaShem. For Avraham Avinu, whose main midah is Hesed, kindness, the Akeidah was quite a challenge.

From this we can see that sometimes parents have to totally break their nature in order to provide for their every child exactly what he or she needs, even if it is completely against their instincts.

Avraham served HaShem with every ounce of himself, but to do something totally against his nature in the service of HaShem was a hidush.

From this we can also see that the task of being parents is the most spiritually inspiring and self-fulfilling task HaShem gives us.


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