Author Archives: Alec Goldstein

Sin, Repentance, and Human Nature

by R. Alec Goldstein God is hopeful of man, but also suspicious of him I. An understanding of teshuvah—a Hebrew word that loosely means “repentance” or “regret”—must necessarily be dependent on how we understand human nature in general. If human nature is fundamentally good, then teshuvah will be like a minor edit of character—here are a few points we need ...

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The Ten Plagues & Egyptian Mythology

by R. Alec Goldstein I would like to explore a thesis, not new but also not widespread in the Jewish world, that the plagues were in response to Egyptian mythology. However, a few points are necessary. First, I am not an Egyptologist; I strongly urge the reader to treat any findings here as preliminary. Second, the Egyptian pantheon was extremely ...

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