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Daniel Listhaus explains based on Ma'bit (Beis Elokim, Sha'ar Ha'yesodos 42) that as the Gemara says, it is truly impossible to reward a mitzva in this world so that when it comes to those who are being rewarded or punished in this world, it must be that their rewards and punishments are not actually from keeping or transgressing the Torah but ...


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We are dealing with real rishaim here, not just some guy who messed up and did something wrong. The point then is that Hashem doesn't want these real rishaim in Olam Habaah. In fact he gives them their reward in this world כדי לטרדן מן העולם הבא. If by them doing mitzvos they would get Olam Habaa, they would essentially be sneaking in with an undeserved ...


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For some reason, this makes me think of Esav selling the bechorah to Ya'akov - "Hineh anocho holech lamus, v'lamah zeh li bechorah?" Since the "reward" of the bechorah is only applicable after his own death, it has no NPV (net present value) to him. That's why Esav HaRasha (the quintessence of the type) can logically and rationally sell eternity for a ...


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The simple reading of the Tower of Babel is not that it was a punishment but rather that Hashem was not happy about it and so He mixed up their languages so that they can't work together. The Drush is that there was a punishment and that it was because they had nefarious intentions. Therefore, if you keep away from their Drush intentions you shouldn't be ...



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