Student Teaching in the New Millenium

Family Feud (5772 B’reishith)

In Genesis on October 27, 2011 at 2:30 pm


Two people give birth
thousands of voices scream out
Me, brother.  For Me!

Isaiah 42:5-43:10

Genesis 1:1-6:8

The greatness of the Holy One blessed be He is thus demonstrated.  For whereas when man prints many coins from the one die, each one is a replica of the other, the Supreme King of Kings, the Holy One blessed be He stamped every man with the die of Adam and yet no one exactly resembles his fellow.

Sanhedrin 37a

Man was created alone in the world to prevent inter-family feud.  Now if in spite of the fact that he was created alone, strife has developed between them, all the more so if two would have been created!

Sanhedrin 88b (citing Tosefta)

The first passage establishes that our individuality is sacred. The second passage states our sameness, that we share one mother and father. We are all family. So, are we uniquely the same, or the samely unique? How do we reconcile these ideas? How do we reconcile them with legitimate grievances? How do we reconcile this with the feuding factions in our world today? How do they?

How do we reconcile this with anger and hatred?

How do selfishness and greed fit into this? Are these things to be healed? Is there a difference between greed and ambition? What is the difference between coveting for oneself, and coveting for mankind?


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