Orthodox Judaism/Free Will


How do we view human free will as opposed to God's will?

Hi Glen and thanks for the question.

Human free will is defined as the right to choose between good and evil.
God's will may intervene should He feel it is appropriate.
For example, a terrorist can choose to launch nuclear weapons and destroy the world's population center.
God may choose to intervene and make it malfunction or veer off course if the destruction of the world isn't quite part of His current Master Plan.
The terrorist exercised his free will to push that button.
God exercised His will to protect the planet from his evil intentions.

Hope this helps!


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Tzvi Frank


As a scholar of Judaic Studies & Ethics for close to 25 years, I am happy to answer any of your questions regarding Jewish Law and its meaning as well as general Jewish philosophy. Thousands of years of Jewish religious scholarship teaches us to always ask questions. From the Talmud to this very day, scholars have been consistently questioning premises and concepts that exist in Jewish thought. Never be afraid to ask! The answer may change your life. I will not answer questions pertaining to Christianity or Jesus.


I have been a scholar of Jewish Studies & Ethics for close to 25 years and I have been responding to online questions for close to 10 years.

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