Elie's Expositions

A bereaved father blogging for catharsis... and for distraction. Accordingly, you'll see a diverse set of topics and posts here, from the affecting to the analytical to the absurd. Something for everyone, but all, at the core, meeting a personal need.


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Friday, October 27, 2006

Babel and Diversity - Redux

Don't want to make a habit of this, but I'm re-running a post of mine from last year on the subject of the Flood and the Tower of Babel, found in tomorrow's Torah reading. I thought at the time that the post was one of my better ones, but it went pretty much unnoticed. However, just today it got several new comments based on a link from my comment to a related Steg post.

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Babel and Diversity

1 Comments:

At 10/27/06, 12:34 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

The Malbim wrote that the reason Kayin built a city was to make up for his sin. (Although I don't think he refers to it as teshuva.)

He had violated the natural law by killing another. Creating a city that is governed by laws and protocols (and in times of threat whose people gather together to defend against a common enemy) unites people in a way that heals the rift he caused.

It's not the same point you made, but similar.

 

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