Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology Is Indistinguishable From Magic (II)

For L.O. The Talmud relates: אמר רבא אי בעו צדיקי ברו עלמא שנאמר כי עונותיכם היו מבדילים וגו’ Rava says: If the righteous wish to do so, they can create a world, as it is stated: “But your iniquities have separated between you and your G-d.” In other words, there is no distinction between G-d […]

Recalled To Life

Rivash, in his famous criticism of Rambam as having been too interested in Greek philosophy, gives a couple of examples of theological error he deems the latter to have made: ועם כל זה לא נמלט הרב ז”ל מהמשך קצת אחר החכמה בקצת המופתים כגון בבן הצרפתית ובמעמד הר סיני ואולי לא היתה כונתו רק באשר […]

Theft and Thaumaturgy III

We have previously discussed the two traditional interpretations of Rachel’s motive in stealing Lavan’s תרפים: The תרפים were magical entities, and Rachel stole them to forestall the possibility of their informing Lavan of her family’s flight. The תרפים were idols worshipped by Lavan, and Rachel stole them to wean him from idolatry. But what about […]