[Avodah] Rasha or tzadik from the womb?

Micha Berger micha at aishdas.org
Tue Jul 6 15:11:44 PDT 2021

On Mon, Jul 05, 2021 at 01:34:23AM -0400, Zev Sero via Avodah wrote:
> On 4/7/21 4:29 am, Marty Bluke via Avodah wrote:
>> How does this fit in with bechira, free will? What bechira does a fetus
>> have? How can a fetus be a rasha or a tzadik? What does that mean? In
>> fact the Gemara states that the yetzer hara only enters a person after
>> they were born.

> The gemara in Nidda says "Tzadik verasha lo ka'amar"; the angel doesn't say
> whether the person *will* be a tzadik or a rasha...

This is also what you will see looking through explanations of the
medrash (R Yochanan in Bereishis Raba 63:4) about "vayisrotzetzu habanim
beqirbahh" (25:22). What do you do with the implication that Esav was
already attracted to EZ and Yaaqov to Torah even before birth?

Well, could be a reference to their predispositions, but they aren't
actually compelled to make either choice...

Tir'u baTov!

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