Akedah

Refers to the biblical narrative of the binding of Isaac found in the book of Genesis 22:1-19. God commands Abraham to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice, which he follows, “binding” his son on the altar. An angel of God holds Abraham’s hand, preventing him from completing the act, and replaces Isaac with a ram for sacrifice. In the Jewish tradition, Akedat Izthak is used as a symbol for self-sacrifice and obedience to God. References to this narrative can be found in the religious texts and secular literature of Jewish communities around the world.