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Beyond Nature
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Are we naturally good or naturally bad? On this great minds have argued for centuries. Hobbes believed that we have naturally “a perpetual and restless desire of power after power, that ceaseth only in death.” We are bad, but governments and police can help limit the harm we do. Rousseau to the contrary believed that […]
Parshas Noach
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The opening Passuk in this week’s Sedra, in describing Noach, tells us נח איש צדיק תמים היה בדורותיו –Noach was a righteous man, perfect in his generations. Rashi offers two explanations of this verse. According to the first, the Torah is emphasizing the context: it was only in relation to his generation that Noach was […]
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”. […]