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Hello, I have some confusion reading the book of Samuel. Using the premise that God knows the past and future. (Isaiah 46:10) Here is confusion: God chose Saul to be king, later God says he is grieved that he made Saul king. How can God grieve a decision to make Saul king when He knew already Saul would be a bad choice for king? Human example: Let's say a person wanted to buy a home on a particular river and did not want it to be ever flooded. So he finds a lot available for sale on the river. Now this person knows that in the future the river will flood that lot every year for the next 10 years because he knows the future that it will flood. How could that person grieve his choice to buy the lot knowing it will flood??? It just makes no sense to me.      

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In the Garden of Eden God wanted to make the first two humans. He makes Adam the first man. Then he makes Eve the first woman by taking one of his ribs out and creating woman.(Adam was lonely with only the animals to be with) Now we have the first Man and Woman on earth. Then later it mentions that Adam had to leave his father and mother to be one with Eve. If they are first two humans, then they could not have had a father and mother. Genesis 2:24 כד עַל-כֵּן, יַעֲזָב-אִישׁ, אֶת-אָבִיו, וְאֶת-אִמּוֹ; וְדָבַק בְּאִשְׁתּוֹ, וְהָיוּ לְבָשָׂר אֶחָד. 24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife, and they shall be one flesh. Please explain how this makes sense.   Then there is the problem that says Adam and Eve life was less then 10,000 years ago. But carbon dating puts skeletal remains of men or woman at 100,000 years plus years ago. Thanks, Brad

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Shalom aleichem Rabbi Lauffer. Thanks for answering my last question. Would it be permissible for a man to put on women’s deodorant such as “Dove,” since the primary purpose of deodorant is to mask odors, or would this be assur because it would be a transgression of “lo silbash” as the deodorant has a distinctly feminine smell. Thanks a lot.

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Why is there an observance of the Sabbatical Year that recently began on Rosh Hashanah? All I know is that we should refrain from working the land in Israel and treat its produce in a special way. Thanks!
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