Parashat Nitzavim - The Eternal Good
הרב שבתי סבתו
כב אלול התשפ11.09.2020
To understand the depth of the "goodness" that is offered here, and especially its eternity, let us consult the words of our Sages. In Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers 3,14), Rabbi Akiva teaches us:
Beloved is man, for he was created in G-d's image. Extra love was shown to him that he was created in G-d's image, as is written, For in the image of G-d He created man. (B'reshit 9,6)
This teaching leaves us puzzled. The fact that man was created in G-d's image is certainly testimony of G-d's love for us - but why does the Mishna then immediately repeat the same idea with a slight addition, saying it is a sign of His "extra love" shown to man? What does this add to our understanding?