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Hakodosh Baruch Hu did not make a mistake. שבתחלה עלה במחשבה means that was the starting point, that is, the ideal. Had a human thought this through, that would have been his starting point. How is midas hadin a mistake? It is not workable on its own, but it is not a mistake. The placement of the verses does not mean "between these verses it is midas ...


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When we say that the world wouldn't survive, we point that the world is too weak for the meaning of the Creation, and God needed to create the world in a lower form so it will develop over time so that it could stand the Midas Hadin. This was done so that the Midas Hadin would be something that the world lost and not a new thing to achieve (since regaining ...


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This is really answered by the second Rashi in the parsha: אין המקרא הזה אומר אלא דרשני - the the purpose of this verse is the Drasha. Yes, it has a way to read it in plain meaning, but its phrasing is awkwardly constructed and superfluous precisely because its primary purpose is not the plain meaning. Even at the simple level, it is understood that there ...


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I think that the story of Adam and Eve is just a metaphor used to warn the men not to "know." Think about the apple as the knowledge, the science or the consciousness. This means that the more you know the more you will suffer, and I think this is just a sad truth. Just think about the terrible things humans have discovered, like atomic bombs or radiation. ...


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I was taught the beit in B'reishit stood for 2 as in "two beginnings created Elokim..." And that B'reishit 1:1 introduced what those two beginnings were.


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This question really touches on what the purpose of the Tree of Knowledge was. Why would G-d not want them to eat from a Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil? Isn't that the most important knowledge to have? In Moreh Nevuchim 1:1 Rambam develops an approach to understanding this (in which he alludes to your question). As I understand his answer, it is ...


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It's pretty hard to ask any questions from the first two chapters of Genesis, considering both the esoteric nature of both the topic and the fact that the world seems to have rather different back then in a way that may be inherently incomprehensible for us now that we've been evicted from Eden. That being said, there are several approaches to this ...


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The Lubavitcher Rebbe discusses this at length according to Rashi and the plain meaning of the verses (there are others who say that the very ability to speak was something just special for that occasion). He brings up a two possibilities: It is obvious. Everyone sees snakes don't talk, so there is no need to specify that this was included. (He rejects ...



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