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The very first verse in the Book of Psalms says: אַ֥שְֽׁרֵי הָאִ֗ישׁ אֲשֶׁ֤ר ׀ לֹ֥א הָלַךְ֮ בַּעֲצַ֢ת רְשָׁ֫עִ֥ים וּבְדֶ֣רֶךְ חַ֭טָּאִים לֹ֥א עָמָ֑ד וּבְמוֹשַׁ֥ב לֵ֝צִ֗ים לֹ֣א יָשָֽׁב׃ -- Happy is the man who has not followed the counsel of the wicked, or taken the path of sinners, or joined the company of the insolent. [Psalms 1:1] In commenting on it, ...


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As far as I understand, bad is a natural force whereas evil is a supernatural force. For example: https://www.sefaria.org/Taanit.8a?lang=bi The Gemara cites another interpretation of the aforementioned verse. Reish Lakish said: What is the meaning of that which is written: “If the snake bites before it is charmed, then the charmer has no advantage” (...


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It's confusing, but subtle distinctions are sometimes made. Here is a prime example from Kiddushin 40a: [It says in Isaiah:] "When the righteous are good, they shall eat the fruit of their doings." [Is. 3:10] [“When the righteous are good”?] Is there then a righteous man who is good and a righteous man who is not good? [Yes.] He who is good to ...


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