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I just blogged about this at more length here http://www.aishdas.org/asp/what-did-the-elders-see . The most relevant bits: Rashi says that they saw something like the Ma’aseh HaMerkavah, the chariot that Yechezkel saw. “And above the firmament which was over [the chayos’] heads looked like sapir stone, the image of a throne; and on the image of a throne was ...


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Rashi addresses your question: God visits the iniquity of parents on their children only when the children follow in their parents' sinful and rebellious ways. People tend to learn values, good and bad, from their parents, after all -- but sin is not a condition that sticks to you merely through inheritance like some other religions claim. Once a person ...


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Sin is passed on when the new generation continues the world vision of the generation that comitted the sin. I.e. the world vision of the new generation is consistent with the world vision that the sin was commited within the context of. Subsequently the new generation creates the sin as a reality now, i.e. the sin is real now because the world in which it ...



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