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             WHAT'S THE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE AKEIDAH YITZHAK AND                                                    MATAN TORAH EPISODES?


Did you know that these two episodes share over twenty significant matches including words and actions in the same chronological order? It is almost impossible that this is by chance, but rather the reality is that these two apparently unconnected episodes are inherently and meaningfully connected!  Below are explained just two parallels/matches out of a total of twenty-two! After reading the below you can click the PDF icon to read the rest of the chapter. Enjoy!



12)  Both episodes describe a very similar pattern of how Avraham and Moshe and associated persons approached the mountains to perform the Akedah/receive the Torah:


That is, both episodes started with one group of persons which then broke into several groups with one group staying at a distance from the mountain and another group (or person) then going up the mountain- with the person that will go up the mountain giving orders to the others to wait for them there, that they will return to them. You will note the very similar matching language in blue as well as matching actions by reviewing parallels #12,#13 below.

a) The Akeidah episode:


 "On the third day Avraham raised his eyes and he saw the place from afar (מֵרָחֹק). And Avraham said to his young men " שְׁבוּ-לָכֶם פֹּה (wait here by yourselves) with the donkey while I and the lad will go up to here, we will worship, we will return to you ( וְנָשׁוּבָה אֲלֵיכֶם.)"


b) The Matan Torah episode:


When Moshe went up Mount Sinai to get the "tablets of stone and the Torah" (Shemot  24-12):

"Moshe arose, and Joshua his servant; and Moshe ascended to the Mountain of G-d. And to the elders he said, wait for us here until we return to you ( שְׁבוּ-לָנוּ בָזֶה, עַד אֲשֶׁר-נָשׁוּב אֲלֵיכֶם ). Behold Aaron and Hur are here with you..." (Shemot 24 -13).


13) In addition, the same word מֵרָחֹק (from a distance) is used with respect to approaching the mountains - whereby the persons with Avraham and Moshe both wait at that distance (מֵרָחֹק) until Avraham and Moshe return to them.


a) The Akeidah Yitzhak episode reads: "On the third day Avraham raised his eyes and he saw the place from a distance (מֵרָחֹק )." That is where they were asked to wait.


b) In (Shemot 20-18) we see (just like in the Akeidah episode) that the people stood at a distance (מֵרָחֹק) while Moshe went up the mountain himself as per: "the people stood from a distance ( מֵרָחֹק ) - and he approached the fog where G-d was." They waited for him there.

This is just like in the Akeidah episode where Avraham's servants stayed at the bottom of the mountain waiting when Avraham went up with Isaac.

Click the PDF icon at the bottom right and take 5-10 minutes and read through chapter 9 to see the rest of the parallels and to probe the deeper meaning of all these parallels.   You can also read any of the other 14 chapters comprising about 25 separate parallel episodes. Easy and fun to read - exciting to share at your Shabbat table. Feel free to share on your social media, print and distribute chapters at synagogue, or use it to give a fascinating lecture. Excitement builds as you reveal one parallel after another! Just cite the name of the book and the author of course.  Want a print copy for Shabbat? Click one of the buttons below to order our revised 2022 paperback edition. Contact us below to receive a box of ten copies of this book at the author's cost to distribute to friends or at synagogue. Enjoy! 



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Rabbi Daniel Cohen

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Montreal, Canada


It is with great pleasure that I recommend to you to read the book entitled "PARALLELS IN THE TORAH" written by Rav Avraham Edery who is a model to those who know him. This carefully redacted work is the product of several years of research in the scriptural sources of our holy Torah. This work is distinctly interesting due to the fact that it clearly and simply reveals and demonstrates that apparently unconnected episodes in the Torah are actually inherently related.


For example, the careful reader of this book will now come to realize and admit that embedded in the Text of the Torah is clear and simple proof that connects the episode of the "Flood of Noach" to the episode of the "Golden Calf" and to the story of Yoseph. Thus the study of Torah now takes on a new dimension by this original horizontal reading of the text.  In addition, this book reveals connections and scriptural supports for ideas developed in the great books of the Arizal and the Zohar. Significantly so, this work acts to clearly demonstrate the unity of our Torah.


Pleasant and easy to understand, "PARALLELS IN THE TORAH" will please the erudite as well the beginner.


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"Unveil my eyes that I may perceive wonders from your Torah" (Psalm 119, v.18). Rav Avraham Edery has opened our eyes to a dimension of the Torah that is normally not perceived in conventional study. By linguistic analogies and parallel textual analysis, Rav Edery provides meaningful insights and associations that illuminate and deepen our understanding and confirms the  Rabbinic idea of  '70 faces of Torah ' - indeed, pointing to G-d's will and wisdom as infinite in interpretation.


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McGill University

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