Parashat Behar / The Logic of the Underdog

No, replies Rabbi Akiva: God wants and does not want, is simultaneously angry and loving, punishes us but will be happy if we are liberated against his will.

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“This was the question the wicked Turnus Rufus asked Rabbi Akiva: ‘If your God loves the poor, why does he not see to their material needs?’ Rabbi Akiva replied: ‘Because he wants us to give them charity to...