orthent (orthent) wrote in little_details,

Choice/free will in Jewish thought

The scenario involves two Potterverse wizards intervening, in a far-reaching way, in the lives of a whole town of Muggles, in order to save their (the Muggles') lives. However, the wizards don't offer the Muggles a choice in the matter: they magically cut them loose in space and time. The citizens have no idea that this is happening. Then, several years later, one of them returns to repair the spell and explain to the baffled townspeople why the world into which they are now being tossed is not the world that they didn't even know they left, just over what they think was a week ago.

I had imagined one of the townspeople pointing out that the wizards' intervention deprived the townspeople of a choice in their own fates, even if the only choice open to them was a choice of deaths, and so, while noble in intention, it is not wholly righteous.

The speaker is Jewish, a melamed. Is this point of view one that is consistent with Jewish thought? Is there a passage in the writings of one of the Jewish sages or scholars, or in the scriptures, that he could refer to? Or is this simply something that a Jewish scholar would not say--especially if he had been saved from a terrible death?

I'm not even sure what search terms would work here. Googling "Jewish perspectives on choice" got me a page of articles about abortion. "Jewish perspectives on free will" was a little more helpful, but not much.
Tags: ~religion: judaism

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