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Bereshit 1:26 And God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness, and they shall rule over the fish of the sea and over the fowl of the heaven and over the animals and over all the earth and over all the creeping things that creep upon the earth.

כווַיֹּ֣אמֶר אֱלֹהִ֔ים נַֽעֲשֶׂ֥ה אָדָ֛ם בְּצַלְמֵ֖נוּ כִּדְמוּתֵ֑נוּ וְיִרְדּוּ֩ בִדְגַ֨ת הַיָּ֜ם וּבְע֣וֹף הַשָּׁמַ֗יִם וּבַבְּהֵמָה֙ וּבְכָל־הָאָ֔רֶץ וּבְכָל־הָרֶ֖מֶשׂ הָֽרֹמֵ֥שׂ עַל־הָאָֽרֶץ

Most Rabbis reference materials in the matter almost immediately and leave it at that. Yet, there are other opinions on the matter, and this post leans heavily on your own personal opinion of what this means.

Gd was not alone when He was planning His creation of human beings. Gd is Good. This is an irrefutable law. But, law also deems cosmic balance must continue, therefore Gd is also Bad. This duality mirrors our own human condition, giving Gd reason to command we fear Him only.

The law that Gd is Good and contains nothing Bad leads back to this moment. Who was with Gd when the planning occurred? His Holy Council of Angels is partially true, however He needed no advice, nor does it say he took any advice. He simply stated that His should look like He and _and they should share a likeness to He and _.

Later, we learn of the commanded sacrifice of a goat to Azazel during Yom Kippur, a sin offering. Here we need to pause. He already commands a sin offering of a sacrificial goat unto Him. Why Azazel? Why are we commanded to use the already sacrificed goat’s blood to write “Azazel” on the other goat before sacrificing it? And although Torah says to release the goat to Azazel, letting it “walk” into the wilderness, we learn in other texts that the goat was pushed or thrown from a cliff, and the sacrifice wasn’t completed until the Kohen decided it was dead.

I believe the teaching here is this: When Gd was planning our creation, He knew that He must maintain among the people that He is the creator of all things, and that He is all good. We, therefore, are innately good, but with free choice. Knowing this, He needed a vessel in which He could impart all Evil into, and this vessel would serve He and the creation through showing us a different path than the one Gd lays before us. His General, His first creation and most beloved Angel, Azazel, took this weight Gd gave to him and now, knowing Azazel was in possession of Gd’s Evil Inclination, to the others he was deemed more human that angelic, and he was kicked out of the realm, and came to earth to rest in the still uninhabited southern desert lands of Canaan. And from there he serves Gd by sharing Gd’s Evil Inclination with humanity. The Angels that fell became Azazel’s soldiers, what some call demons.

This balances the equation and answers how Gd can be both the Creator of all Good and all Evil, yet remain Good unto us, and why Azazel deserves our thanks and respect. Because Gd’s Evil Inclination is what is needed for our devotion and faith in Him to be reality.

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