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The Fall of Noach
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These are the events related to Noach. Noach was a completely righteous person in his generations. Noach walked with Hashem. (Sefer Beresheit 6:9) 1. The famous debate over Noach The above passage introduces Parshat Noach. The passage describes Noach as a completely righteous person. However, it adds that he was completely righteous “in his generations”. […]
Men Behaving Very Badly
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The hope of a brand new world was quickly shattered. Sin eclipsed holiness and almost immediately, Adam and Eve were evicted from Eden. They had eaten the fruit of the one tree that had been forbidden to them. The sin, and its punishment, are both clear and unequivocal. The sin of Cain, though far more […]
The Genesis of Justice
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There are words that change the world, none more so than two sentences that appear in the first chapter of the Torah: Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over […]
The World’s Most Enduring Moral Voice
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Judaism entered the world as a moral voice. It did so from the beginning, from its account of creation itself. There we read, almost like a litany, “God said, Let there be … and there was … and God saw that it was good.” The emphasis is on the word good. This is the language […]