The Years of his Youth


And Abraham arose in the morning… and he took his two youths with him… and he went to the place that G-d had commanded him

Genesis 22:3

Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov points out that the Hebrew words shenei ne’arav (“his two youths”) can also be read shenei ne’urav (“the years of his youth”). Not only did Abraham rush to fulfill the divine will with speed and alacrity, he also brought all the energy, passion and commitment of his youth to the deed.


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