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Offline Dr. Dan

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A simple question re Lech Lecha
« on: October 17, 2021, 08:40:42 AM »
Sdom and Amorah, prior to it’s destruction, was described to be like the garden of Eden (and as it was written right after that) like the prosperous areas of Egypt.

I know there was an emphasis made about Sdom and Amorah for a good reason. However, I always that if one was going to emphasize something like that, you would start with describing it as being like Egypt AND THEN the Garden of Eden, which was much more perfect than Egypt.

Does anyone have any insight to why the other order?  (It seems to be so insignificant, but it caught my eye on Saturday)
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Re: A simple question re Lech Lecha
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2021, 05:02:33 PM »
Perhaps in sequence of existence
.   ד  עֹזְבֵי תוֹרָה, יְהַלְלוּ רָשָׁע;    וְשֹׁמְרֵי תוֹרָה, יִתְגָּרוּ בָם
4 They that forsake the law praise the wicked; but such as keep the law contend with them.

ה  אַנְשֵׁי-רָע, לֹא-יָבִינוּ מִשְׁפָּט;    וּמְבַקְשֵׁי יְהוָה, יָבִינוּ כֹל.   
5 Evil men understand not justice; but they that seek the LORD understand all things.

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Re: A simple question re Lech Lecha
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2021, 09:06:06 AM »
Perhaps in sequence of existence

Makes sense. Actually in the Torah it was described as the garden of God and not the garden of eden.
If someone says something bad about you, say something nice about them. That way, both of you would be lying.

In your heart you know WE are right and in your guts you know THEY are nuts!

"Science without religion is lame; Religion without science is blind."  - Albert Einstein

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Re: A simple question re Lech Lecha
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2021, 05:40:38 AM »
Please name the specific verses you are talking about. It helps.

Rashi explains their meaning on Genesis 13:10:

like the garden of the Lord: for growing trees.

like the land of Egypt: for growing seeds.

He doesn't give special importance to the order, which is in accordance with the principle he explains on Exodus 19:11 that there is no sequence of earlier and later incidents in the Torah.