Take the 2-minute tour ×
Mi Yodeya is a question and answer site for those who base their lives on Jewish law and tradition and anyone interested in learning more. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I heard once that it says somewhere in Chazal that there were certain things or people that HaShem "regretted" (had "charatah") in creating. Although I don't remember which examples were given or if a source was give. Does anyone know of such a statement in Chazal (or perhaps not just one but a few if there are?)

share|improve this question
1  
2  
@DoubleAA In that vein, see also Sh'mu'el I (15:11). Nonetheless, it bears remembering B'midbar (23:19) and Sh'mu'el I (15:29); per the Ibn Ezra (Sh'mos 32:14), HaShem's regret is anthropopathic and He does not actually change His mind. –  Fred Apr 7 '13 at 20:15
2  
@Fred Same applies to the accepted answer –  Double AA Apr 7 '13 at 22:06
add comment

2 Answers

up vote 6 down vote accepted

Sukkah 52b:

ארבעה מתחרט עליהן הקדוש ברוך הוא שבראם ואלו הם: גלות, כשדים, וישמעאלים ויצר הרע - There are four that the Holy One, Blessed is He, regrets having created. And these are they: The exile, the Chaldeans, the Ishmaelites, and the evil inclination.

share|improve this answer
add comment

any time you find such language about God it is not meant to be taken literally.

the reason is that God knows ahead of time what will happen, so the whole concept of regret does not apply to Him.

share|improve this answer
1  
this would make a constructive comment, but it doesn't really answer the question, which asks for a statement, not the explanation of Gd's 'regret' –  Baby Seal Jan 23 at 8:35
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.