Man: His Dignity and Possibilities

20 Apr

Rabbi Simon said:  When the Holy One, praised be He, was about to create Adam, the angels were divided into two different groups.  Some said, “Let him not be created, ” while others said, “Let him be created.” “Love and Truth met together; Righteousness and Peace kissed each other” [Ps. 85:10].  Love said, “Let him be created for he will do loving deeds’ but Truth said, “Let him not be created, for he will be all lies.” Righteousness said, “Let him be created, for he will do righteous deeds”, but Peace said “Let him not be created, for he will be all argument and discord.”  What did the Holy One praised be He, do?  He seized Truth and cast it to the ground, as it is written, “Truth was cast to the ground” [Daniel 8:12].  Then the angels said to the Holy One: Lord of the Universe! How can You despise Your angel Truth? Let Truth rise from the ground , as it is written,  “Truth will spring up from the ground” [Ps. 85:11]

Genesis Rabbah 8:5.

Ed. Arthur Hertzberg, Judaism; Great Religions of Modern Man (George Braziller New York 1962 ©1961) p.180

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