And…blessed them (Bereshis 1:22):


ויברך אותם: לפי שמחסרים אותן וצדין מהם ואוכלין אותם הוצרכו לברכה. ואף החיות הוצרכו לברכה, אלא מפני הנחש שעתיד לקללה, לכך לא ברכן, שלא יהא הוא בכלל:

And He blessed them - Because [people] decimate them and hunt them and eat them, they required a blessing; and the beasts also required a blessing, but because the serpent was destined to be cursed, He did not bless them, lest he [the serpent] be included. — [from Gen. Rabbah 11:3, Midrash Tadshe 1]

Why couldn't Hashem exclude the snake? I understand why he didn't bless the beasts. But c'mon, Hashem could've left the snake out of the blessing to the beast... Perhaps "Rachamov Al Kol Ma'asav"?


sometimes innocents are hurt just because their proximity to evil-doers.

בבא קמא צב א

הא מילתא דאמרי אינשי בהדי הוצא לקי כרבא...

Bava Kama 92:a

... The phrase that people use, saying "[during weeding] together with the thorns the cabbage is damaged"


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