Tagging along with Angels
November 17, 2009 11:29 PM Subscribe
Kabbalah Obscura: looking for the source of an old Jewish parable where either Moses or Solomon doubt an Archangel's word, and the Angel takes them along to observe what angels do to accomplish the tasks of the divine mission...
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All I remember is the angel goes on perform a series of tasks which appear to be horrifying and cruel—sinking a ship full of innocent people, causing a home to collapse, and a few other things like this.
In the end, Moses asks the angel what possible divine reason could justify this, and the angel reveals a sequence of events which would have come about had each of these task not been performed.
I don't recall if this is a traditional Jewish parable or an adaptation from something else.
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