Thursday, October 15, 2009

Junior on Bechira Chofshis

Another major theme in parshas Bereishis is bechirah chofshis, free will. Adam and Chava chose to eat from the Etz Hadaas, and since then, knew of good and evil and was able to choose between the two.

A story from about a year ago, when Junior was 4, that illustrates this idea. I was asking him to do something, such as putting on his shoes. He refused, preferring to play.
Me: Junior, I want you to put on your shoes.
Junior: Well, you don't always get what you want. (Something I had told him earlier.)
Me: But it is a mitzvah of kibud av va`em to listen to me.
Junior: Even Hashem doesn't always get what He wants!
Me: What do you mean?
Junior: Well, Hashem wants me to do the mitzvah of kibbud av vaEm, and I am not doing it. And so Hashem isn't getting what He wants!
This naturally led to a discussion of bechira chofshis, and that what Hashem wants is for us to have the ability to choose to not do what He wants, because that way it actually means something when we choose to follow God's will. Otherwise, we would be robots, or malachim.

1 comment:

Rabbi Joshua Maroof said...

I think you should just let Junior write the blog....


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