Aquariums and Ikarim

I am reading “Fishes: An Introduction to Ichthyology” to prepare for my upcoming Torah Safaris of the Camden Adventure Aquarium and the Atlanta Aquarium.  The author, although putting the word “design” in quotes, keeps using the word when talking about the incredible senses, anatomy and structure of fish that are perfectly designed, oops, adapted for its aquatic environment.   Now, to me reading about the creatures of the sea (about 30,000 ...

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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 cunning hunter” ...

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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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