Ethical Man 05 – Evolution to Animal

In this Shiur Rabbi Triebitz continues with ‘The Emergence of Ethical Man’. Rav Soloveitchik shows how there was an ‘evolution’ from plant-like to animal-like to human. He demonstrates this with verses from Bereishis, relating to eating animals, and the soul which is in the blood.

Rabbi Soloveitchik also has a radical understanding of sacrifices, stemming from his synthesis of ethics and ontology. He concedes that the pagan concept of human sacrifice is indeed the will of G-d, however it must be tempered with G-d’s ethics, which forbid human sacrifice, and instead transform it into animal sacrifice.

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