Thursday, May 15, 2014

Divine patience with humanity


"Rav Yehudah said, citing Rav: When Gd wished to create Man, He created a group of ministering malachim and said, 'Do you wish for us to make Man in our image?' They said, 'Master of the Universe, what are his deeds?' He replied, 'Such and such.' They said, 'Master of the Universe, 'What is Man that You remember him, etc?' He extended His finger among them and burned them. The same happened with a second set. 

"The third set said before Him: Master of the Universe, what good did the first accomplish with what they said? The entire world is Yours, do whatever You want with Your world. When the generation of the Flood and the generation of the Dispersion came, whose acts were corrupt, they said before Gd: Master of the Universe, didn’t the earlier groups speak correctly before You? He responded: 'Until old age I am He, and until old age I will be patient, etc. (Yeshayah 46)'"

(Talmud, Sanhedrin 38b)

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