Wrong, Evil, and Injustice (Part 3)

Ramchal uses the same bilateral depiction for the source of rah, which is once again a product of the Tzimtzum, our subject at hand. On the one hand, rah is rooted in and a means of accomplishing God’s ultimate end, while on the other it’s rooted in a division in the upper realms.

As he says in Adir Bamarom (p. 393), God wants to “express utter beneficence”, and the greatest proof of that is the fact “even rah itself is to be turned back to goodness”. That’s to say that rah is not intrinsic to the world, as some posit, but rather a God-created phenomenon that serves as a tool to facilitate God’s goal of utter beneficence [1].

But there’s the other side of the story, too, as we’ll see.


[1]       Also see Ma’amar Haraotav (as found in Ginzei Ramchal p. 247) and Adir Bamarom pp. 393, 397.

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