Lviii

1. A. He said, "Isaac, my son, do you see what I see?"

C. He said to the two lads, "Do you see what I see?"

E. He said, "Since you do not see, 'Stay here with the ass' (Gen. 22:5), for you are like an ass."

F. On the basis of this passage we learn that slaves are in the category of asses.

G. Rabbis derive proof from the matter of the giving of the Torah: "Six days you shall labor and do all your work, you . . . your daughter, your man-servant, your maid-servant, your cattle" (Ex. 20:10).

2. A. Said R. Isaac: "Will this place [the Temple mount] ever be distant from its owner [God]? Never, for Scripture says, 'This is my resting place for ever; here I will dwell, for I have desired it' (Ps. 132:14). B. "It will be when the one comes concerning whom it is written, 'Lowly and riding upon an ass' (Zech. 1:9)."

3. A. "I and the lad will go thus far [and worship and come again to you]"

B. Said R. Joshua b. Levi, "[He said], 'We shall go and see what will be the end of "thus."'" [Freedman, p. 492, n. 5: God had said, "Thus shall your seed be" (Gen. 15:5). So the sense is, "We will see how that can be fulfilled, now that I am to lose my son."]

4. A. ". . . and we will worship [through an act of prostration] and come again to you" (Gen. 22:5): B. He thereby told him that he would come back from Mount Moriah whole and in peace [for he said that we shall come back].

5. A. Said R. Isaac, "And all was on account of the merit attained by the act of prostration.

B. "Abraham returned in peace from Mount Moriah only on account of the merit owing to the act of prostration: '. . . and we will worship [through an act of prostration] and come [then, on that account] again to you' (Gen. 22:5).

C. "The Israelites were redeemed only on account of the merit owing to the act of prostration: 'And the people believed . . . then they bowed their heads and prostrated themselves' (Ex. 4:31).

D. "The Torah was given only on account of the merit owing to the act of prostration: 'And worship [prostrate themselves] you afar off' (Ex. 24:1).

E. "Hannah was remembered only on account of the merit owing to the act of prostration: 'And they worshipped before the Lord' (1 Sam. 1:19).

F. "The exiles will be brought back only on account of the merit owing to the act of prostration: 'And it shall come to pass in that day that a great horn shall be blown and they shall come that were lost. . . and that were dispersed . . . and they shall worship the Lord in the holy mountain at Jerusalem' (Is. 27:13).

G. "The Temple was built only on account of the merit owing to the act of prostration: 'Exalt you the Lord our God and worshp at his holy hill' (Ps. 99:9).

H. "The dead will live only on account of the merit owing to the act of prostration: 'Come let us worship and bend the knee, let us kneel before the Lord our maker' (Ps. 95:6)."

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