In a riveting twist to
a spine chilling Akeida, Hashem was perfectly
happy with Avrohom's effort at sacrificing Yitzchok and sent a
ram along to take Yitzchok's place. But one must wonder, why a
ram? Because it's kosher?
So is a cow. So is a turtle-dove.
Interestingly, the ram is the only sacrificial animal
whose entire body would later be used after it was sacrificed
in the Beit Hamikdash. Even more interestingly, many
of the instruments played by the Leviyim in the Beit
Hamikdash were derived from the ram:
So what happened to the body of this ram in particular?
- Its two horns were fashioned into Shofars.
- Its hide was stretched into drum skin.
- The inner organs were used to craft the violins.
- The thighs were carved into flutes.
- The intestines were used for the strings of the harps.
First of all, this was not just any ram. This ram was created by Hashem during the twilight of creation a few minutes before Shabbat. Hashem decreed that this ram be present at the time of the Akeida. But that's not the whole story.
Every part of the ram that Avrohom sacrificed was
put to use to serve a divine purpose. Its ashes remained and
formed the foundation of the Mizbayach (Altar) that
was in the Beit Hamikdash. Its ten tendons were made
into the ten strings of King David's harp. Its skin became Eliyahu
Hanavi's belt. Its two horns were made into trumpets. The
left horn was the trumpet that sounded at Har (Mt.)
Sinai when the Torah was given. The right horn, the
larger of the two, was put aside to be sounded when Moshiach
comes. (May it be speedily in our days).
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