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September 13, 2014 / conservadox

Dvar Torah- Nitzavim

This coming week”s Torah portion mentions that there are secret things that are for God and not for the listeners (Deut. 29:28).  Scharfstein interprets this language as follows: “There are numerous secrets that [God] has not revealed to us because our minds are limited and will not be able to grasp the meaning of these secrets.”  Scharfstein seems to think that this language is meant to refer to things that will never be within the grasp of humanity.

But it seems to me that there is another possible interpretation.  In Scharfstein’s translation, the “secrets [are what] God has not told us.” Maybe “us” is the generation Moses is speaking to, and the scientific and moral advances of the past few centuries are “secrets” that premodern generations could not handle, but that we perhaps can- for example, evolution or the idea that slavery is actually a bad thing.

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