They Have Mouths, But They Speak Not; They Have Ears, But They Hear Not

We recently cited the Talmudic account of Rava’s creation of a “man”, and we mentioned Maharsha’s assertion that it did not possess a נשמה. Maharsha infers this from its failure to respond (verbally) to Rabbi Zeira: ולא קמהדר ליה. לפי שכח הנשמה שהוא הדבור לא היה יכול לברוא ולפי שאין בו הנשמה שהוא הרוח העולה […]

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 […]