Jacob and Esau

Jacob and Esau One of the most fundamental principles of Judaism is the belief in human free will. No one is born righteous, and no is born evil; it is the person’s choice to be good or evil. Morality, reward and punishment, and indeed the entire purpose of creation, are all predicated upon free will.  In this week’s portion, Toldot, the Torah describes Esau as a “man of the field, a ...

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Sandy, The Environment and G-d

Parshas Toldot With the recent horrific weather, Sandy and the Nor’easter, a number of people raised the issue of climate change caused by humans.  What is the Jewish attitude towards the global warming? I think that the question of climate change is an empirical question and therefore Judaism doesn’t really have an opinion about it. In addition, I can’t give you my personal opinion because a. I am not a scientist ...

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