Parsha Shelach 13:33 says the following:

And there we saw the Nephilim, the sons of Anak, who come of the Nephilim; and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.

The Lubavitcher Rebbe ellaborate on this (see Likkutei Sichos vol. 28, p. 89) and says that these Nephilim were the fallen ones, i.e. malachim that fell in the days of Enosh and they were also involved with the origins of idolatry.

My question is: How did this happen? Did they originated the idea of idolatry and gave it to the people or, being only malachim, did they were only affected by the evil of that generation?

  • It is worth looking at this for a good breakdown as to how we understand what 'nephilim' are - chabad.org/parshah/article_cdo/aid/1987422/jewish/… - Even if you understand them to be 'fallen angels' there weren't perfect G-dly creatures. – Dov Jun 18 at 17:21
  • @Dov... I'm trying to understand how the idea of being involved with the origins of idolatry occurred and how it would fit in the "nephilim = angels scenario", as there are midrashic sources who claim that. Note that the article you linked mention this idea in footnote 3 and 4 and suggest to check it in LS for a discussion on this. The LS doesn't adresses my question, though, that's why i am asking here. – Renato Grun Jun 18 at 18:06
  • I don't understand the question – FalseMessiah Jun 29 at 5:02
  • They may have been the cause of idolatry, by causing the people to worship them instead of HaShem – Lo ani Jul 21 at 20:27

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