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Fundamnetal Question of Jewish Mystical Vision...


Rabbi Jonathan Blass

26 Adar I 5763
I tried to find a comprehensive comments on Isaiah 45:7 specifically "He makes peace and creates evil" and was surprised that only Bahir and Or Ha Haim comments of this fundamental revelation of the prophet. It became even more intriguing when 2 Australian scientists in 2001 discovered "dark matter" as real physical substance other than just absence of light. I always felt that Torah mentioned darkness and evil somehow created and are separate from concealment of Divine Light. Please comment and refer to studies in depth.
The Rambam in Moreh Nevuchim(= The Guide to the Perplexed) III 10, explains that darkness and evil are rooted fundamentally in the absence of Light and Good. Of course, any intellectual concept- including “absence”- is a created concept. That is why darkness and evil are “created” while light and peace are “formed” and “made”. After being created, absence does not undergo further development. Where there is no light, darkness remains by default. One should be wary of linking the eternal truths of the prophets with contemporary scientific theories except as an intellectual exercise.
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