Artwork by Daniel Kabakoff
Avraham over time became acquainted
With G-d’s ways, as one comes to know a friend;
G-d came to visit Avraham, to mend
His hurt, to consult with him about the tainted
Cities which He was planning to upend,
And to announce the birth of Sarah’s son,
Through whom the covenant would be carried on,
Whose life, one terrible day, He seemed to demand,
But stayed the deed and counted it as done
When He had seen their utter willingness.
The screen has thickened since; nevertheless
We still recount the binding to atone,
Through the statutes and the laws we gain access
To the highest Will, and know the King’s embrace.