Service through Sacrifice

If it be the pleasure of Heaven that my country shall require the poor offering of my life, the victim shall be ready, at the appointed hour of sacrifice, come when that hour may.  But while I do live, let me have a country, and that a free country.

John Adams

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Our forefather, Abraham, did not actively pursue self-sacrifice.  In this, his service was unlike that of Rabbi Akiba who did actively seek it, as he said: “When will I be afforded the opportunity for self-sacrifice…”
Abraham’s self-sacrifice was incidental to his actual service.  He knew that the main object of divine service was, as the verse puts it, “He proclaimed there the Name of G-D, Lord of the world.” Our Sages say, “Do not read ‘he proclaimed’ (vayikra), but ‘he made others proclaim’ (vayakrei).”
Let another person likewise proclaim G-D’s Name.  And if in the course of this service self-sacrifice was called for, he could supply that, too.

The Lubavitcher Rebbe; Basi Ligani, 5711