Yeitzer haRa

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  1. Der Alter says:

    I always thought that yetzer is connecte to yetzirah in the sense that it is the creative force. The creative force in an individual is his essential Tzelem Elokim – used properly, it is tov; improperly, ra.

  2. micha says:

    Der Alter,

    How then do you explain the use of yeitzer, causer of forms, rather than the more pro-active yotzeir, shaper.You also seem to suggest that there is only one yeitzer, our G-dlike creative force, and ra vs tov describes how it is used. This shifts the human decision of good vs evil out of the domain of choosing between the two yetzarim. Doesn’t that run counter to the language of ma’amarei Chazal?

    I am instead relying more on a model like the Meshekh Chokhmah (on the pasuqna’aseh adam“) that our G-dliness is in our free choice. This then is pulled by two yetzarim, and therefore can leave differing effects on the world.

    Perhaps the topic needs more hammering out on a discussion venue like Avodah.
    -mi

  3. Der Alter says:

    I think that Chazal are telling us that there are different sources in which the creative force can be rooted, not that the force emanates unified and only then takes a specific good or bad path.

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