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After reading this question and its answers and related discussion, I am still left with a question (so I don't think this is an exact dulicate):

Is the binary of good/evil (tov/ra) the same as right/wrong?

The text uses so many words for proper behavior (nachon, tzodek, yashar, tov) but fewer (I think) for negative (ra or hara) so I am not sure if there is a difference between behavior that aligns with a moral imperative and behavior that aligns with a legal requirement.

Did the Tree of Knowledge lead to an awareness of disobedience (breaking a rule, doing evil) or towards an internalized urge to pursue something "bad" by moral standards even if not necessarily "wrong"*?


*(maybe like naval b'reshut haTorah - I'm having trouble devising a case but I get the sense that someone can do something outside of morality but within the bounds of law)

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    Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/65881 – msh210 Feb 29 '16 at 6:19
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    The Rambam in Moreh Nevuchim seems to clearly distinguish between ko'ach hayetzer (good and bad) and moral knowledge (right and wrong). Tov and Ra, in this understanding, are qualitatively subjective, and are only "objectively" correct or wrong when the labeled is applied by Hashem and/or the Torah. Nachon, tzodek, and yashar may also have connotative differences. According to Rambam, what the tree introduced was subjective judgement, which allows man, like Hashem, to make decrees of "good and bad" but, unlike Hashem, those decrees are not absolute Truth. – Isaac Kotlicky Feb 29 '16 at 14:49

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