PopRocks: It’s No Sacrifice, Just a Simple Word

This past Shabbat, the rabbi at my congregation here in New York spoke on last week’s parsha, Va-era. This parsha includes the Akeidah, the binding of Isaac, and the rabbi spoke on this topic for the first time in several years. He spoke about sacrifices; he sang a song that Leonard Cohen wrote but Judy Collins covered; he talked about parents sending their children as soldiers; he spoke about violence that parents send their children into. Is anyone surprised that I immediately thought about reality television?