Re: Man born blind

Re: "I do not see how this applies to "Who sinned, *this man* or his parents,
that he was born blind"-- of course the "sins of the fathers" notion
applies to "his parents," but why the concept that *this man* could have
been born blind because of *his* sin?.  How could he have sinned before
birth unless there was some concept of pre-existence?  Is there something
I am overlooking?"

I heard in a sermon once that the Rabbis of the time considered being born
blind God's punishment for heinous sins committed by the baby *in the womb*.
Sorry, no references.