"O L-RD, Who are my power and my strength and my refuge in the day of trouble, to You nations will come from the ends of the earth and say, 'Only lies have our fathers handed down to us, emptiness in which there is nothing of any avail! Can a man make gods for himself, and they are no gods? 'Therefore, behold I let them know; at this time I will let them know My power and My might, and they shall know that My Name is the L-RD".
Jeremiah 16:19-21

Good Inclination

ORIGINAL SIN UNSUPPORTED …

January 15, 2013

by Shmuel Silberman A fundamental doctrine of Christianity is Original Sin.  This is the belief that all people inherit a condition of depravity from the sin of Adam and Eve.  Man is a slave to sin, cannot reach holiness by his actions, and must be “saved” from inherent damnation.  Writes Dr. Michael Brown (a leading […]

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Torah: The Blueprint of the Universe …

October 25, 2012

  The Torah of Hashem is perfect, it restores the soul. The testimony of Hashem is trustworthy, it makes simple people become wise. The instructions of Hashem are proper, they make one’s heart happy; the commandment of Hashem is clear, it enlightens the eyes. The fear of Hashem is pure, and endures forever. The judgments […]

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Esav and Narcissism …

August 27, 2012

By: Rivka Levy Esav, the ancestor of ‘Edom’ and our modern Western culture, was an interesting character. On the one hand, appearances were everything: he played the dutiful son to a tee; he was very ‘frum’ and asked his dad, Yitzchak, lots of ‘deep’ philosophical questions about whether a person needed to tithe salt and straw; […]

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We Cannot Get Away …

April 22, 2012

by HaRav Ariel Bar Tzadok   Light and dark always exist. They are always in struggle. This is not the way it is supposed to be. In the beginning God separated light from darkness and declared this separation to be good.   Then along came man, and embraced knowledge of both good and evil. Yet, unlike […]

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The First Ten Questions …

March 17, 2012

Questions come from doubt. Doubt comes from sin. Sin comes from illusion. The Torah was given to save us from false illusions. By Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh Illusion is in the mind. The primordial sin, a physical act, was perpetrated from hand to mouth (taking and eating the forbidden fruit). Doubt is in the heart. From […]

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Cain and Abel – The World’s First Murder

January 8, 2012

Why does God reject Cain’s gift? Doesn’t He know that favoritism can lead to sibling rivalry?  Read Article by Rabbi David Fohrman MORE ARTICLES   The Enigmatic Genius of Cain The World’s First Murder, Part 2 by Rabbi David FohrmanThe story of Cain and Abel is not a simple scenario of sibling rivalry.   Echoes of Eden […]

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Adam’s Sin and Punishment

November 9, 2011

Rabbi Israel Chait In order to appreciate the entire sequence of events concerning man’s creation, we must analyze the appropriate verses. In Genesis, chapter two, verse seven, it states, “Then the Lord G-d formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living […]

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The Inner Adversary

July 16, 2011

Embedded within each of us is a spiritual challenge system. by Dr. Alan Morinis Even if you know what is good, right and desirable, it isn’t so simple just to act that way. No sooner does an inclination to do something good come into your mind or heart than up pops an objection. It might be […]

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Q & A – A Very Good Comparison of the Good and Evil Inclination ….

July 16, 2011

By Frances Q. What is the good and evil inclination? A. The evil inclination is that which tempts us, the good inclination is what we use to fight the ‘evil inclination’ I am pretty sure that I mentioned to you some time back about Star Wars Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, when Luke Skywalker […]

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Inclination, Good and Evil …

July 13, 2011

There is a biblical basis to the idea of the existence in man’s nature of an instinctive tendency or impulse (yeẓer as in Ps. 103:14 from yaẓar, i.e., to “form” or “create” as in Gen. 2:8), which, left to itself, would lead to his undoing by prompting him to act in a manner contrary to […]

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Does Judaism Believe in Satan? Part Two

July 13, 2011

By Being Jewish The Christians don’t understand how an angel of G-d can try to seduce people to disobey G-d, so they came to the unsupported conclusion that Satan must have rebelled against G-d. This is completely contrary to everything Judaism believes. We reject that interpretation entirely. What, then, does Judaism teach about Satan? Did […]

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Is the World in a Conflict Between Good and Evil? Part Three

July 13, 2011

In Judaism we do not see it as there being a conflict between good and evil. Some ancient religions believed that there are two forces in the universe, one good and one evil, and that they are constantly warring with each other. This was common to Mithraism, Zoroastrianism, Christianity, and later to Manichaeism. Christianity, however, […]

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