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Metzudat David on Ecclesiastes 3:1 states for explaining the phrase: "There is a time for every purpose: ועת לכל חפץ . לכל הדברים שהאדם חפץ בו גם לזה יש עת , כי לא בכל עת יחפוץ בדבר אחד כי פעם יחפוץ בדבר מה ופעם בחלופו , וכאשר יפרש במקראות שלאחריו : I am translating only the bold phrase: "There is a time when someone will desire in one thing, and another ...


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I think the postulate in the question is a false dichotomy. There is no reason that "Rah" can't have more than one antonym. War and fighting is bad. Peace is good. There is no reason to not use both as antonyms. So the idea of saying that Tov is not an antonym of "Rah" is simply not supported by any observation of additional antonyms, and any conclusions ...


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There is a medrash (from memory) that had they refrained from eating as they were commanded, they would have been allowed to eat after Shabbos. That is, since it was still the sixth day, it was still part of creation. As a result the fruit of the tree of knowledgs was not ripe. Had they waited, the decision to refrain would have been their own free will ...


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Maimonides opens his Guide to the Perplexed explaining that before eating from the tree, there was only pure, rational, objective, "true and false." The continuum of "good" to "bad" is a sliding scale of subjectivity. That's what changed. It used to be that morally-wrong things were just as obviously "not so" as 1+1=4; it became "eh, I feel like that's bad ...


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Here is Rabbi Ashlag, which is one of the greatest Mekubalim of about a hundred years ago: TWO CREATIONS: A) MAN, B) A LIVING SOUL From the above, we can clearly understand the verse: “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living (Chayah) soul (Nefesh)” ...


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Psalms 90: כִּי אֶלֶף שָׁנִים בְּעֵינֶיךָ כְּיוֹם אֶתְמוֹל כִּי יַעֲבֹר וְאַשְׁמוּרָה בַלָּיְלָה: For a thousand years are in Your eyes like yesterday, which passed, and a watch in the night Of course this is not the pshat of bereshit, but , as you said , it is only a hint.


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Genesis 1:14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. 16 God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the ...


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See here for more. Biblical Hebrew employs a rule called the "vav ha-hipuch." The preceding "v'" flips the tense from past to future, or vice versa. Thus "yehi chen", it will be so; "vayhi chen", it was so. "Amar Paroh", Pharaoh said; "v'amar Paroh livnei yisrael" -- Pharoh will say regarding the Jews. "Moshe yedaber", Moses would speak. "Vaydaber Moshe" ...



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