Drash Cards for Bereishis (ca 5760)
by Marc Mangel
• Today — first a little bit about words
• After the first day, we read “Yom Echad” but after the sixth “Yom Ha SheShe” (Ch 4, v 31). Also in that verse we have “Et Kol” rather than “Et HaCol” — indicating this about the whole of what was created rather than all that God created. And in that verse we have “Tov Me-od” rather than just “Tov”
• And evil: Ch 4, v 7 tells us that there is an inclination in us to evil — it is easy to be a saint if there are no challenges.
• The Musar movement was started by Rabbi Israel Salanter in Lithuania who felt that non-Chasidic Jewry was brittle with intellect and arcane scholarship.
• The Muser movement had the goal to create urban centers for ethical reflection.
• Think about these different questions. “I am given to greed. How did greed play a role in my day?”
• “I act greedily” vs “I am greedy”
• Saying “I am a thief” means that teshuvah is impossible. Saying “I stole” means that teshuvah is possible
• How we view ourselves and our actions determines how we deal with the evil inherent in created beings