Thursday, May 7, 2009

Understanding Evil

I hope you are enjoying Biblical Reflections: Finding Yourself in the Book of Genesis. The first lesson of our course outlined the purpose of the Torah and creation, the inherent dual nature of man, and the backdrop of the Garden of Eden.

This week, we’ll be talking about evil. We deal with evil all the time: evil intentions, evil actions, even evil people. But there was a time when humans did not have to directly deal with evil. All that changed when Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of Knowledge.

What might have compelled them to make this choice? What benefit might they have seen in dealing with evil? Could challenge and struggle in fact serve some positive purpose?

We’ll be tackling these questions when we meet for Lesson 2 at the Chabad Torah Centre this coming Tuesday.

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