This Week’s Guest: David Bashevkin
According to Jewish tradition, the holiday of Rosh Hashanah—the Jewish New Year—marks the “birth” of man on the sixth day of creation. But what else was created along with man? According to the sages of the Talmud, Adam and Eve ate from the tree of knowledge on the same day they were made, thus bringing the capacity for sin, previously latent within them, out into the world. In other words: sin is part of God’s original creation.
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A new book, Sin-a-gogue: Sin and Failure in Jewish Thought by Rabbi David Bashevkin, helps clarify the nature and origins of sin. On this podcast, Bashevkin and Jonathan Silver discuss what it means to think of sin as part of the fabric of creation, the relationship between sin and free will, and how to assess the sins and failures of the individual versus those of the community.
Musical selections in this podcast are drawn from the Quintet for Clarinet and Strings, op. 31a, composed by Paul Ben-Haim and performed by the ARC Ensemble, as well as the original Broadway cast recording of Fiddler on the Roof and “Above the Ocean” by Evan MacDonald.
Every Thursday, the Tikvah Podcast at Mosaic will bring to your car/earbuds/home stereo/Alexa the latest in our efforts to advance Jewish thought. For more on the new podcast, check out our inaugural post here.
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