Adonai Elohim allowed the human being to eat the product which was produced by every tree in Gan Eden, except from the tree of knowledge (understanding) of what’s good and bad.
So with this knowledge human knew of which trees one could eat and of which tree one couldn’t eat; they should have known that it would be a transgression of the command (i.e. a sin) if they indeed ate from it.
But without the knowledge of what’s good and what’s bad, produced by this one tree, how could Adam and Chavah have knew it was ‘bad’ to eat from it’s fruit, and ‘good’ not to eat from it?
How could they have been able to make a discernment between good and bad, make a judgement?
One more thing, Adonai seems to have made everything He created ‘good’ and even ‘very good’. If the human being had only experienced good - and witnessed, experienced or practiced nothing with which to contrast good - up until the point they sinned and their eyes were opened, how would the human being have ever been able to inherently know it would be bad to eat from the fruit of this one tree?
How could the human being have known what would be proper and fitting? How could they have known it was the right thing to listen and obey G-d's voice, and wrong to follow their own voice (i.e. the snake)?
Is Hashem’s definition of labor or work related to Rambam’s 613 Talmud commandments?
How was Rambam able to understand Hashem's laws and not all mankind's understanding being accepted?
The prophet Job stated the G-d had given all mankind an understanding
אָ֭כֵן רֽוּחַ־הִ֣יא בֶאֱנ֑וֹשׁ וְנִשְׁמַ֖ת שַׁדַּ֣י תְּבִינֵֽם׃
"But truly it is the spirit in men, The breath of Shaddai, that gives them understanding."
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If God promises Abraham about Isaac and his offspring.... and God MADE Abraham believe strongly in that promises... So, wouldn't it be be an obvious mistake after that to test Abraham to sacrifice Isaac?! You see the contradiction? It is one of two: sacrification or making hopes in Isaac!
"However, if you do not obey the LORD your God and do not carefully follow all his commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come upon you and overtake you." (Deuteronomy 28:13).
Does Hashem curse the person who do not follow the commands of the Torah?
Suppose I’m in shul. It’s during a time silence is mandatory, such as prayer or Torah reading. I am sitting next to someone who seemingly doesn’t know or care and keeps asking me a pressing question. I refuse to answer because of the mandatory silence, so he keeps on asking me louder and louder and more persistently trying to get the answer. Is it preferable for me to ignore him, which would cause him to keep talking increasingly annoyingly? Or is it better to make an exception and answer him, which would satisfy and silence him? I’m asking because I recently had a situation like this, and walking away or changing seats wasn’t an option either because of the crowd size.
Do miracles visible to us that clearly and openly defy the laws of science really occur today? You might think I’m crazy. But I think I might have experienced one.
You see, I am not much a follower of religion or one who prays a lot, just one who knows I’m Jewish and attends high holiday services.
A few months ago, I was on a business trip. I driving down a rural road in West Virginia, far from civilization, when I realized I had forgotten about my gas tank. I realized it was nearly empty. I suddenly panicked. And I did something I rarely do. I prayed that I would have enough fuel to make it to the next gas station.
I was barely finished with my brief prayer when, lo and behold, a service station appeared on the side of the road. I quickly pulled in, relieved. The station had no familiar brand name on it. It was mostly a place that fixed cars and had two gas pumps. And a small store in a room where the cashier’s desk was found that sold snacks. I paid in this room with a credit card, filled my tank, and moved on with my journey.
Two days later, I was driving home the same route with plenty of fuel in the tank when I was passing the same familiar spot. I had been hungry for a while and I thought I would stop at the same station for a snack. I pulled in to the lot, and to my dismay, the place was closed. Upon closer examination, it looked like the place had been abandoned. Unlike when I was there before, the building seemed to be in major disrepair with broken windows, rotting wood, and a caved in roof! And the pavement looked like it had been long neglected, unlike it was the day before.
Across the street was a house on which an old man was sitting on the porch. I asked the man about the service station. He said it hadn’t been in business for the past 12 years! I told him I had just been there the other day. He thought maybe I was mistaken. But I know it had to be the same one because of the familiar surroundings, including this old man’s distinctive house and the lack of any service station of any type along the portion of that route I took in both directions.
Even more astonishing, on my credit card statement, there is no record of the transaction I made and I evidently got the gasoline for free!
Could it really be possible that I experienced a miracle that defies all logic?
I am greatly perplexed by Isa. 43:10b. My English translations tend to render this part as ‘Before Me no god was formed, nor shall there be any after Me’. Needless to say, to an English reader this sounds a lot like HaShem is saying that He was Himself at some point formed (Isa. 43:13a seems to me to be saying the same thing too!).
Can you help me understand these words? I cannot follow HaShem if He is not the Most High God!