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October 15, 2021 72 min

This morning (10/15/21), in our "Machshavah Lab" series for women, we aimed to answer two major questions: (1) What do Chazal mean when they say that some of the builders of Migdal Bavel were punished by being transformed into "monkeys, spirits, demons, and liliths"? and (2) Why does the Torah say that Sheis was born to Adam "in his likeness, like his form" but it doesn't say this by Kayin and Hevel? The Rambam's answer to both questions opened up a can of worms which threw into question the very notion of what it means to be a human being.

Link to "The Palace Allegory Revisited" or "Was the Rambam an Elitist?"
This week's Torah content has been sponsored by an anonymous donor, whom I consider to be both a friend and a role model.
תלמוד בבלי סנהדרין דף קט עמוד ב
בראשית א:כו-כז; ב:ז; ד:א-ב,כה; בראשית ה:א-ג
רמב"ן – בראשית ה:ג
רלב"ג – בראשית ה:ג
ספורנו – בראשית ה:ג
תלמוד בבלי עירובין דף יח עמוד ב
מהרש"א חידושי אגדות (שם)
רמב"ם – מורה הנבוכים א:ז; ג:נא
תורה תמימה – בראשית ה:ג ד"ה ויולד בדמותו כצלמו, הערה ח
אברבנאל – בראשית ה:ג
תורה תמימה - בראשית יא:ד ד"ה הבה נבנה, הערה ד
ספורנו – בראשית א:כו עם הערות ר' יהודה קופרמן
גר"א – בראשית ה:ג
אבן עזרא – תהלים ח:ג
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