2: Excerpt of midrash on the Akedah.
This midrash attempts to answer one of the central questions that the story of the Akedah leaves unanswered: what went through Isaac’s mind while he was walking to the sacrifice with his father? It also provides a possible interpretation of the "togetherness" emphasized in the Torah where it is written: “…so they went both of them together.”
Suggested activity: Read this midrash together in class and ask: What is the question the midrash tries to answer? What is the answer that it gives to this question?
Source: Hayyim Nahman Bialik and Yehoshua Hana Ravnitzky, eds., The Book of Legends/Sefer Ha-Aggadah: Legends from the Talmud and Midrash, trans. William G. Braude (New York: Schocken Books, 1992), 41.