When was the Binding of Yitzchak (Isaac)?

Posted on Mar 20, 2015 | 4 comments

Question submitted to Ask the Rabbi” by:

Name: Lee

City: Lafayette, LA

Age: 57

Profession: Computers

Full Question:

“Is there an understanding of the calendar date that Abraham went with Isaac for the sacrifice of Isaac?

I was wondering if it corresponded to the date of the Exodus from Egypt, but can find nothing in Scripture?”

Rabbi Tully Bryks responds:

akeidas YitzchakAkeidas Yitzchak (the binding of Isaac) took place in the year 1676 BCE. The Exodus from Egypt and the subsequent National Revelation at mount Sinai took place over 300 years later in the year 1313 BCE.

As you may know, Avraham (Abraham) faced 10 major Divinely ordained tests and he successfully passed them all. According to most authorities, the test of being commanded to sacrifice his own beloved son, was the most difficult of all of the tests. The test, however, is called “Akeidas Yitzchak.” Perhaps one explanation is that this test was a test of Yitzchak (Isaac) as well, as he was already 37 years old at the time. And according to the Medrash (insights from the Oral Torah), when Avraham was preparing to tie Yitchak to the alter, Yitzchak asked his father to make sure to secure the ropes tightly, as he did not want to inadvertently flinch and potentially blemish the sacrifice.

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  1. Thank you, sir, for your reply. Good information is there, but, it did not really address my question. What I meant was does the month and date of the Binding of Isaac coincide with the month and date of Passover? That is how I should have asked to begin with.

    So sorry for the lack of communication on my part.

    • Rabbi Tully Bryks

      I’m glad you still enjoyed the information and I’m sorry for answering the wrong question.

      Akeidas Yitzchak took place on Rosh Hoshanah (the Jewish new year), which is the 1st day of the Jewish month of Tishrei. This is one of the reasons why the Torah (Bible) reading on Rosh Hoshanah includes the Akeida story. It is also one of the reasons why we blow a Shofar made from a ram’s horn (Avraham ultimately offered a ram instead of his son).
      The Exodus from Egypt took place on the 15th day of the Jewish month of Nissan, which is the date that Pesach (Passover) begins every year.

      I hope that helps!

      • Yes sir, thank you, that is exactly what i was wondering. Thanks for the information.

        • Rabbi Tully Bryks

          Glad I could help – Thank you for the opportunity!

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