Goldin

I find Goldin a little hard to understand.  For instance, the following from his commentary on this topic 'If Not I for myself, Who Then?' ..."That is why one who does good is rewarded and one who transgresses is punished: for if our actions were determined by Heaven and not by ourselves, if man were compelled to do what he does, it would not be just to reward those who do good and to punish those who transgress (Aknin)". What is being said here, surely Heaven does not reward or punish. And what is 'just' can be viewed in many different ways and may not be a consequence of specific actions.

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Donald Koller

Donald Koller replied 2 months 2 weeks ago

My interpretation is slightly different. It is just that Heaven rewards a person who does good and punishes a person who transgresses, but only if Heaven does not compel the person to choose one or the other. So, we are confirming that Heaven is just. This does not exclude Heaven rewarding or punishing, rather we are being assured that Heaven is just. The conclusion that "what is 'just' can be viewed in many different ways and may not be a consequence of specific actions" is still a good statement. But, I would clarify that determining whether an action is just is indeed determined by that act and its consequences.

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William Berkson

William Berkson replied 2 months 1 week ago

The initial PDF of the Classic Commentaries was a mistake, as the quotes go with another topic. Now the correct PDF is up.