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This is my own interpretation here. When it says וירא א׳ כי טוב, the statement is naturally attached to something -- what is good? The answer is, the entire context -- the creation is good for the purpose it was made for. But וירא א׳ את האור כי טוב -- the light was good, regardless of context.


Rav Hirsch and many other meforshim point out that in order for Adam to learn to appreciate Chave he had to first understand that he was unique and different from all the animals. Then when Hashem created Chava by splitting him apart. Other reasons also apply. And God created man in His image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He ...


I once heard the following from Rav Aharon Lopiansky. He basically said that any such suggestion of "If G-d really made the world, it should have been like such and such" is making the assumption that when G-d creates a world, He does it in exactly such a way. Saying "If I created the world, I would make it like such and such" shows nothing, because that ...


I don't know if this is a tradition, but there are those who interpret the verse in Psalms "For a thousand years in your eyes is like a passing day" (loose translation) to mean that when God speaks about days in the Creation story they are actually referring to 1,000 year eons.


The short and direct answers to your questions are: Evil was created by God from the beginning to enable man to exercise free will. Knowledge of good and evil is a necessity for man to make the right choices. This is why the Torah teaches us positive and negative commandments. Longer answer: Your questions are ones that are common, especially by those ...

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