Student Teaching in the New Millenium

What is the choice? (5771 Re’eh II)

In Deuteronomy on August 27, 2011 at 8:01 pm

Free will to make
Free will to create
Free will, make right, create wrong?

Isaiah 54:11-55:5
Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17

So the portion that begins with I set before you a blessing and a curse also restates the kosher laws. Why keep kosher?

Modern questions: Why keep organic? Why keep vegetarian or vegan?

If we accept the idea that the command to abolish idolatry can also be understood as a command to abolish ignorance, or a command to abolish the wrong, can we extend this to a command to eat ethically?

Why should we eat ethically? Why, when given the choice, do we pick unhealthy options? Why do unhealthy options exist? Does the food we eat satisfy? How does one measure the price of food? Is money the only measure? Is money the true price?

How do we get to the point where the unhealthy choices are no longer necessary? Is there a substitute? Where is the evolution? Is this an addition to the text? Or a detraction from the text?

Where do these choices come from? Where does free will come from?
If someone makes wrong choices, does that make them wrong?

Final question: Where does the wrong come from, and how can we abolish it?


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