~ What is the influence on the text about Avraham's actions for the Akedah? What principle it comes to prove?
On the first paragraph:
~ Why is God breaking it slowly to Avraham?
~ What question/silence does this midrash come to fill?
On the second paragraph:
~ What happens to the Land of Moriah? Where is it?
~ How does the end of the second part returns to the beginning of the first?
~ How does the midrash attempt to attribute supernal powers to Avraham?
~ Why is Rabbi Levi cutting the discussion short?
~ Is the third day important? How so?
~ What questions regarding the third day does this midrash NOT answer?
~ Forgive the obvious elitism of the first paragraph. What do you make of the image of a cloud?
~ The second paragraph is almost a non-sequitur, with a question regarding the exile of the place, ie, Mount Moriah, ie Jerusalem. What is the promise?
~ How does the midrash understand the "koh"? How does it take Avraham off the hook regarding lying to the lads?
~ What is worshiping? Why all these examples of rewards for worshipping have to do with the Akedah?
~ The introduction of the midrash seems very hopeful.
~ What turn does the second part do? What kind of Avraham does it portray?
~ What does the first part of the midrash want to make clear to us?
~ The second part tries to match the blessing to both Avraham and Yitzchak. Why?
~ What is the third part of the blessing matched with?
~ The third part of the midrash is very famous, since Rashi mentions its beginning. What do you make of it? Why are the rabbis bothered by the disappearance of Yitzchak? They bring the three companions of Daniel. Why are they bothered by those disappearances, in your opinion? What solutions do they propose?
~ Why do you think Avraham is compared to women, in this midrash?
~ How does this midrash portray what happened? What silences it tries to fill?
~ What is the "deal" between Avraham and God?
~ We will focus on Yitzchak in another class.
~ How does this midrash explain the actions of God and Avraham? What is at stake?