Intro: Why Does Evil Exist? By Rabbi Moshe Segal, DATA of Richardson
Psalms teaches us that God created our world out of endless kindness. We also know that God loves every single one of us a deeper love than we can ever imagine. Based on this, how can there be so much evil in the world?
Why does evil exist at all? Why couldn’t God have just created a happy paradise-like existence?
Join me as we explore many deep Kabbalistic ideas to get to the root of understanding the necessity of evil and its true purpose! At the end of the episode, I quote a parable from the Zohar that really expresses the concept perfectly!
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Deuteronomy 4:35, there is nothing other than God – https://www.sefaria.org/Deuteronomy.4.35?lang=bi&aliyot=0
Psalms 89:3, God created a world out of love – https://www.sefaria.org/Psalms.89.3?lang=bi
Isaiah 45:7, God created evil – https://www.sefaria.org/Isaiah.45.7?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en
Nachmanides, Genesis 1:1, explaining root of Barah means creation ex nihilo – https://www.sefaria.org/Ramban_on_Genesis.1.1.3?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en
Zohar, Vol. II, 163a, God created evil to tempt us like the king’s son – https://www.sefaria.org/Zohar.2.163a.4?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en
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