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Monday, July 13, 2015

From Day One

In EmunahSpeak: A Moral Free Fall we spoke of the immoral diktat that the Supreme Court of the United States handed down in lieu of anything that remotely resembled legal reasoning.  But what should one expect from an ersatz Supreme Court that more closely resembles a traffic court in a Potemkin village?

Then there is the other Supreme Court.  The real one.  In the Beis Din Shel Mala they also have what to say as to this assault on one of the societal pillars that has been in place since day one. 

And while it's true that in EmunahSpeak: A Moral Free Fall we also mentioned as an aside that the behavior (in question) has been universally proscribed since the sixth day of Creation, as far as Man (humankind, us) is concerned it was day one.

But it's more than that.

There's a Medrash that states openly that not only did Hashem speak to Adam in Gan Eden warning him not to eat from the Eitz HaDas, but he also warned him as to the six other mitzvohs that are the foundation of all law and morality for the nations of the world.

This means that before the nachash (snake) sucker punched Eve (Chava), what the Supreme Court just permitted was already proscribed.  Or put another way, Hashem explicitly forbade the activity that was the subject of the Supreme Court's decision before there was even a Yetzer Hora to do so!

Taking it a step further, as we all know, the Torah states that after the six days of Creation Hashem rested on the seventh Day from all the work that he had done.  But in addition, one could say that He would also not rest until he had put into place the parameters by which life should be lived in the world which He created.

And those parameters go beyond the thou shall nots.  As necessary as they are to keep one out of trouble, they do not move the ball down the field.  For that we need be fruitful and multiply.  And the vehicle by which Hashem chose to bring this mitzvah to fruition was marriage, which was also put on the books day one.

A world rife with murder, theft, and even immorality can exist.  But not a world without children.

It doesn't get any more basic than this.

And to back that up, there's another Medrash that states that all of its violence and immorality notwithstanding, what sealed the fate of the generation of the Flood was that whatever passed for a Supreme Court or a legislature in those days also had the chutzpah to redefine what Hashem had defined for all time.

I'm not privy to the buzz in the coffee room in Shomayim any more than the next guy, but we all know how that story ended.