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    Judaism, while deeply influenced by Zoroastrian ideas, largely rejects its dualism.  The idea of a Lord of Evil -- the Adversary (Hebrew: satan) of Christian and Muslim tradition --  is not terribly important in Judaism;  the Jewish conception of monotheism will not admit to a supernatural will that exists independent of Divine Will.

    Instead, the tradition emphasizes free will, including the ability of humans to defy G'd.  "The Devil Made Me Do It" doesn't fly in Jewish tradition.

    Quote of the week: "They call themselves bipartisan because they're able to buy members of both parties," (R. Eskow, Campaign for America's Future.)

    by mbayrob on Sun Aug 25, 2013 at 02:25:39 PM PDT

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