The Parshat HaAkeidah describes our potential for Mesirut Nefesh (self-sacrifice) to Hashem’s service. We often fail to understand how much our efforts are precious in Hashem’s eyes and, indeed, this is what the later sages (Amoraim) attribute the miracles done to the generations of Tannaim. In one instance they cite in Massechet Ta’anit (24b) when a drought came to the world, and Rabbi Yehuda took out one of his shoes to fast. Before he took out the second one, Eliyahu HaNavi came and told him Hashem would destroy the world if he did so. To what merit did they receive such wondrous miracles? The answer is that they truly sacrificed themselves for Hashem on a daily basis. The Akeidat (binding of) Yitzchak is the testimony of our commitment to Hashem and Rav Chaim Palagi writes in Kaf HaChaim that, without it, not a single person would have any of his wishes fulfilled by Hashem.
The great Kabbalist HaRav Avraham Chamui (born in Chalab, Syria) who lived about 180 years ago writes that it is a great practice to recite the Parshat HaAkeidah once, with concentration. He also recommends this segulah of saying it 7 times. According to him, “even if a sword is pointed towards a person’s neck, if he says the Parshat HaAkeidah 7 times, he will be saved.” This is a wondrous segulah for sustenance, finding your spouse, health and many other things.
1 And it came to pass after these things, that God tested Abraham, and He said to him, "Abraham," and he said, "Here I am."
2 And He said, "Please take your son, your only one, whom you love, yea, Isaac, and go away to the land of Moriah and bring him up there for a burnt offering on one of the mountains, of which I will tell you."
3 And Abraham arose early in the morning, and he saddled his donkey, and he took his two young men with him and Isaac his son; and he split wood for a burnt offering, and he arose and went to the place of which God had told him.
4 On the third day, Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place from afar.
5 And Abraham said to his young men, "Stay here with the donkey, and I and the lad will go yonder, and we will prostrate ourselves and return to you."
6 And Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering, and he placed [it] upon his son Isaac, and he took into his hand the fire and the knife, and they both went together.
7 And Isaac spoke to Abraham his father, and he said, "My father!" And he said, "Here I am, my son." And he said, "Here are the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?"
8 And Abraham said, "God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son." And they both went together.
9 And they came to the place of which God had spoken to him, and Abraham built the altar there and arranged the wood, and he bound Isaac his son and placed him on the altar upon the wood.
10 And Abraham stretched forth his hand and took the knife, to slaughter his son.
11 And an angel of God called to him from heaven and said, "Abraham! Abraham!" And he said, "Here I am."
12 And he said, "Do not stretch forth your hand to the lad, nor do the slightest thing to him, for now I know that you are a God fearing man, and you did not withhold your son, your only one, from Me."
13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and he saw, and lo! there was a ram, [and] after [that] it was caught in a tree by its horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son.
14 And Abraham named that place, The Lord will see, as it is said to this day: On the mountain, the Lord will be seen.
15 And an angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven.
16 And he said, "By Myself have I sworn, says the Lord, that because you have done this thing and you did not withhold your son, your only one,
17 That I will surely bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand that is on the seashore, and your descendants will inherit the cities of their enemies.
18 And through your children shall be blessed all the nations of the world, because you hearkened to My voice."
19 And Abraham returned to his young men, and they arose and went together to Beer sheba; and Abraham remained in Beer sheba.
20 And it came to pass after these matters, that it was told to Abraham saying: "Behold Milcah, she also bore sons to Nahor your brother.
21 Uz, his first born, and Buz his brother, and Kemuel, the father of Aram.
22 And Kesed and Hazo and Pildash and Jidlaph, and Bethuel.
23 And Bethuel begot Rebecca." These eight did Milcah bear to Nahor, Abraham's brother.
24 And his concubine, whose name was Reumah, had also given birth to Tebah and Gaham and Tahash and Maacah.