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Why didn’t Pharaoh let the Jews leave after suffering the first few plagues?

Pharaoh had been bombarded with catastrophic natural disasters, pandemics, and he was being threatened with even worse. His government was on the verge of...

Anger Management 101

Through the course of life, every person experiences the pain of being treated unjustly by others. Sentiments of anger and vengeance are...

What is preordained and where do we have Free Choice?

Our only free choice is whether to be good or evil, i.e. how we will react to and with the circumstances G-d sets in place for us. The Talmud1...

When the Messiah comes, will people have free choice?

Yes. People will have the ability to choose between Good and Better, rather than between Good and Evil. The difference between these two sets is that in...

Are human beings the only conscious beings in the universe?

Certainly not! First of all, the sages discuss that animals also feel pain, based on the Biblical prohibition against causing them undue suffering....

How can one have Free Choice if G-d ultimately knows the future?

The Short Answer: This argument is the easiest to deal with: Knowing what someone is going to do is not synonymous with making that person do it. This is...

Isn’t everything predetermined by the mechanics of the universe?

The Short Answer: G-d generally delivers in rather predictable patterns. Spring follows winter. Horses give birth to horses. If an object moves unimpeded...

Do angels have Freedom of Choice?

Generally we say that only human beings have freedom of choice and that angels just do what their told. They have no evil inclination, so they...

Is there free choice, or do we merely react to outside conditions?

First lets propose four givens to our logical postulate: 1. The sum of the parts cannot contain more than the parts themselves. For instance,...

What is the Jewish view on free choice?

Torah gives us a division between good and bad. In other words, the Torah tells us which domain of reality must be avoided because it can't be used for...