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If Pharaoh was so evil, why did G-d create him?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg

  

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G-d doesn’t create “evil” people, nor does he create “good” people. G-d creates people who have the freedom of choice to be good like Moses, evil like Pharaoh, or anywhere in between.1

If G-d wanted creations that are robot-like and automatically do good, He would have been just fine with the angels. But, He really receives pleasure from people who triumph over their instincts and serves G-d because of their own choice and hard work.

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  • 1. Maimonodies Laws of Teshuvah Chapter 5
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