ADULTERY-6/ Adam, where are you?


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© 2016 by Rabbi Zvi Aviner

ADULTERY-6/Adam, where are you?

”In sorrow you shall bear children”“”

1: A new perception of YHVH: Forgiveness.

The  eating from the Forbidden Fruit opened their eyes and they became aware and ashamed of their nakedness. it means they  acquired a new perception of YHVH’s Holiness, Love and Disgust from Sexual Promiscuity and ADULTERY.

Yet they were not driven out of Eden right away. They had  to learn about the most important feature of YHVH: Her FORGIVENESS.

2: Repent!

After their Primordial Sin, it says:

And they heard the voice of YHVH ELoKiM
Walking back and forth’ ‘mit-ha-lech’ in the Garden, in the breeze of the day.
And Adam and his wife hide themselves from the presence of YHVH ELoKiM
Among the trees of the Garden.
(Genesis 3: 8)

YHVH ELoKiM approached them and departed from them

The expression “YHVH ELoKiM walked back and forth” means that the Heavenly Court came closer to Adam and His wife, expecting them to REPENT .
When the Heavenly Court comes closer to us, its ears opens more to hear our plea for FORGIVENESS. For that we need to CONFESS, EXPRESS REPENTANCE, ASK FORGIVENESS and PLEDGE for the future (Maimonides.) .

When the Heavenly Court depart from us, its gates are closed.

By saying that the Heavenly Court of YHVH ELoKiM came close and then departed, the verse hints that the Court did not give up on Adam and his wife.  Despite the sin the Court was anxiously waiting for the humans to repent.  Yet Adam and his wife failed badly.


A shame form their sin

Instead of repenting, Adam and his wife ‘hide’ themselves in the bush.
They hide because they were ashamed of their sin.
Yet despite their shame they failed to repent.


Adam failed

But the ‘Parent’ YHVH ELoKiM did not give up as it says:

“And YHVH ELoKIM called Adam and said to him,
Where are you?” (Genesis 3: 9)

“Adam, where are you?” This call has become the motto for all  repentance. Our CREATOR is  calling us forever to come closer to Him and repent.

But Adam and his wife missed that opportunity. Instead of confessing, they pointed fingers at each other: Adam blamed his wife, and she the Serpent.

4: Eden’s Verdicts

This was the last chance. They had gained all the knowledge they COULD have gained in Eden about YHVH.  They had now a good perception of Her Holiness, Her love for pure family life, Her hatred for sexual promiscuity and nakedness.  They also gain an insight to Her love for our REPENTANCE.

They were ready to be thrown out of Eden to encounter real Evil on Earth, on the level of Daat.  .

The Court’s Verdicts

As a virtual creature, the Serpent was condemned to disappear. On Earth it would develop into a regular snake,  Some say it entered Man’s heart as an eternal driving force for sin.

The Woman was punished severely as follows:

“And to the woman He said, I will greatly multiply the pains of thy childbearing,
In sorrow you shall bring forth children, and yet your desire shall be to your husband
And he shall rule over you…” (Genesis 3: 16)

Having eaten from the Tree of Knowledge Good and Evil, she would experience on Earth the Sorrow and Pains of menstruation and child delivery. it seems bad, but as it would turn out this experience would lead Eve to be the first human to FEEL YHVH on Earth!


Adam’s verdict

“And to Adam He said, because you’ve hearkened to your wife’ voice
And has eaten from the Tree of which I commanded you saying you shall not eat of it,
Curse is the ground for your sake, in sorrow shall you eat of it all the days of your life
Thorns and thistles, shall it bring forth for you, and you shall eat the herb of the field.
In the sweat of thy face shall you eat bread, till you return to the ground, out of it were you taken,
For dust you are, and to dust shall you return

Adam too would encounter Evil on Earth. He would seat for his livelihood.  Would this lead him to seek YHVH on Earth? We’ll see this as we\ll learn about Cain and Abel.


5: The Rosh Hashanah

The story of Eden is re-enacted by us once a year, every year, on the annual anniversary of CREATION, the Rosh Hashanah High Holiday; a day that should be observed by all Mankind.

On that awesome day, we  stand again before our FAHTER-KING, like in Eden, and ask Forgiveness,   we correct Adam and Eve’s failure.
The Roash Hashanah  is one day in the year when the Heavenly Court gets closer to us, waiting for our repentance.

In fact, the Torah gives a period of ten days, between Roah Hashan and Yom Kipur to accomplish that repentance.  Our fate for the new year is then sealed.

6: The seven notions  of Sin in Eden

by this the cycle of the notion of Sin is closed. As Adam grew up in Eden he learned the following  seven aspects of Sin. Sin is

(1) Something that severs our spiritual umbilical cord to our CREATOR’S Lips 

(2) A violation of our FATHER IN HEAVENS advice 

(3) A  violation of our FATHER- KING Command 

(4) A illogical, foolish act 

(5) A betrayal of our CREATOR’S Love for us 

(6) Something unaesthetic, ugly, shameful in YHVH eyes 

(7\) Something that can be repaired by repentance     :


7: Why was she named Eve, the mother of ‘all’ life?’

On Earth it says:

“And The Adam called his wife Eve (Hava)
Because she had become the mother of all life,” (Genesis 3:20)

Why “Mother of all life?” Why not ‘Mother of human life?’

The answer is profound.
Let’s recall that Eden Trial took place “before there was any grass, shrub or tree on earth, not even rain”, meaning on the THIRD Day of CREATION.

The Heavenly Court decided then. on the Third Day, to put Adam and his wife on Earth later, on the Sixth Day.

The Heavenly Court, then planted the seed of life on the THIRD Day and began the  entire process of Evolution as described in detail in Genesis Chapter One.

Thus It planted Vegetation (3rd Day) then it fixed Earth rotation (on the 4th Day) then brought mobile life in the oceans, then Birds and Crocodiles ((on the 5th Day) than created Cattle, Beasts and Crawling Creatures (on the 6th Day) than, on the sixth Day it brought Homo sapience on Earth.

It comes out that Eve, in Eden, was the cause of the entire Evolution on Earth.   This is why she is named Eve, in Hebrew the MOTHER OF ALL LIFE.