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Breisheet: Purposeful Ambiguity

"G-d said: What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood is screaming to Me from the ground" (Breisheet 4:10).

G-d approached Cain after the murder of Hevel with a question, hoping that Cain would do teshuva for the murder of his brother. Did he? The text is unclear: "And Cain said to G-d: gadol avoni mi'n'so, [Is?]my sin is too great to bear" (Breisheet 4:13). Whether this is a question or statement of fact is unclear; without hearing the tone of voice that Cain used, we are left in the dark.

Breisheet: Let Us Make Man

The belief in one G-d is perhaps the most fundamental teaching of Judaism. Thousands have died rather than negate this central tenet of Judaism. "In the beginning, G-d created the heaven and the earth" lays down the Biblical perspective right from the beginning. All that exists in this universe has only one source. While this may seem obvious to us, it is not necessarily inherently so. Could it not make more sense to argue that good and evil are a reflection of competing gods?  

Breisheet: The Descent of Man

The creation narrative has the world in beautiful harmony. Heaven and earth, sky and water, sun and moon, man and woman and in the view of our sages, the [yet to be created] Jewish people and Shabbat. Even the order of creation evokes symmetry and harmony. The light of day one leads to the sun of day four; the sky and the water of day two is the backdrop to the birds and the fish of day five; and the dry land of day three is the habitat of man and mammal created on day six. On day seven, we return to a "pre-creation" mode, ceasing from physical creativity on the Shabbat.

Breisheet: The Creation of Man

"And G-d saw all that he had made, and behold, it was very good. It was evening and it was morning, the sixth day" (Genesis 1:31). While the expression "and G-d saw that it was good" appears throughout the creation narrative, it is missing in one prominent place: namely, the creation of man. Light, water, vegetation, the stars, animal species; all were good, creation as a whole was very good. What happened with man?

Breisheet: Spin Doctor

Spin.  The art of manipulating the facts to fit one's agenda has been fine-tuned in the era of mass media.  Companies will pay millions to ensure that only their positive side is displayed to the ignorant public.  It is their image, not the Divine one, in which they are interested.  However, "there is nothing new under the sun".  While the methods may be different, today's modern practitioners of spin are just refining an ancient art, one that began with Adam and Eve.  "G-d took man and placed him in the Garden of Eden to work it and watc

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