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How much contact did Avraham and Yitzchak have after the akeidah?

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The akeidah was a significant event for both Avraham and Yitzchak.[1] Immediately after they appear to go their separate ways -- Avraham leaves without his son, and we're not told where Yitzchak went. I have heard (unsourced) that Yitzchak went to learn, but where and for how long I don't know. After Sarah's death Avraham arranges a marriage for his son, which could have been done entirely by proxy (he sends Eliezer, who comes back with Rivka, who marries Yitzchak -- but Avraham is not mentioned as being there). The next time Avraham and Yitzchak appear together in the torah text is when Yitzchak and Yishmael come to bury their father.

How much contact did Avraham and Yitzchak have after the akeidah? Did Avraham ever meet Yaakov and Eisav?

I was reminded of this question during Rosh Hashana this year.


  1. Our patriarchs were human, with human vulnerabilities; it seems plausible that there might have been distance between them after that even though they were dedicated to God. I'm not trying to minimize anyone's character, just acknowledge the trial they both went through and how that might affect them. An answer that argues that this concern is misplaced would be welcome. ↩︎

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well the midrash says after the akeida he sent yitshchak to learn by shem. Why he hadnt learned enoug... (1 comment)
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