© 2019 by Rabbi Zvi Aviner
Genesis Vs Evolution
Class 4: Adam
Now that we’ve established Moses’ credibility about the history of the World, is he also credible about the history of Man?
Let’s pay attention to Moses’ words, since his goal is to tell us about Man rather than about the Universe.
1: The Scientific Narrative of Man’s Evolution
Science says (according to the History Chanel) that Man appeared on Earth gradually over the last 2 Million years. The growth of Mammals actually began 75 Million years ago, following the meteoric catastrophe that wiped out all the giant creatures of Pangea , including the Dinosaurs. As devastating as the catastrophe was, yet it changed the climate in our favor. Small creatures like Mammals could now proliferate and evolve faster than before. First came Large Apes, then Primitive Man like Homo Erectus and Homo Neanderthal (0.7-0.4 Million years ago) than Homo Sapience, “Wise Man,” us (about 0.4 M years ago.)
Why Mammals? What gave mammals the advantage of growing more than other creatures? The scientists debate on that. Some say that mammals’ ability to stand upright and free their hands gave them the advantage. Others credit some mysterious chemical in the mammal mother’s milk.. After all, MILK is what distinguishes mammals, by definition. Others say that the protection that mammals give to their offspring is what has promoted their growth. Whereas Crocodiles eat their babies to prevent competition, ammals nourish their babies, to promote their proliferation.
As Man evolved, Science says, so did his Brain. Our mind after all is what makes us Homo Sapience, Wise Man. Our mind endows us with abstract thinking, language, imagination and fascination. You can see this fascinations in Cave Man’s painting of hunting scenes on his cave’s walls. Our mind allows us to invent tools and comprehend the way the Universe works.
But at the same time, Science also believes that our mind does not set us essentially apart from other creatures. We simply won the race. Following the demise of the Dinosaurs, Science says, a race began between several social creatures – like ants, spiders and bees- to develop smart colonies and societies. It is as if the Universe “demands the presence of an intelligent creature in it.” Given more time, like several more million years, other social creatures besides Man may catch up and develop their own I-Phones, computers and Space Ships. Man won the race simply by the climate changes in our favor.
But besides our Wise Brain, Science points also on other factors that have made Man so successful. Our Self Consciousnesses and our sense of Individuality – not found in ants or bees – have also set s apart. Our sense for Art and Beauty and Music has also enriched our lives and set us apart. Our developed emotional being has made us different. Man is “blessed,” for example, with Sex Drive that is stronger than seen in other creatures in Nature. It drives us all year long and dominates our life, as Prof Sigmund Freud says. Other scholars point on our Ego and Drive for Power as a strong force in our psyche that pushes us forwards to achieve things (Prof Carl Jung). .
Science sees Man at the apex of the Evolution. One can see the evidenced for that in the way that every human embryo develops in his mother’s womb. We all start as a single cell and then divide and grow into a multi-cellular organism, sometimes resembling fish or birds or lizards. We repeat in he womb the entire evolution (“Onto-Genesis repeats the Philo-Genesis.”)
Having summarized the Scientific view of Man’s evolution and make up, what does Moses say about Adam? Dos he concur with Science? Does he add information that Science would never say?
Let’s pay attention to Moses, since we have found him credible in regards to Genesis and the history of the world
MOSES’ ACCOUNT OF ADAM’S CREATION
Compared to our scientific account
1: The text in Genesis about creating Adam
WHEN THE SIXTH DAY DAWNED
”And GOD (ELKIM) said Let the Earth bring forth living creatures to their kinds
Cattle, Creeping things and Beasts of the Earth to their kinds, and it was so
THE MIDDAY JUDGMENT OF THE SIXTH DAY:
And GOD (ELKM) saw that it was good.
ANNOUNCING THE PLAN TO CREATE ADAM
“And GOD (ELKM) said: LET US MAKE AN ADAM IN OUR FORM AND OUR IMAGE
“And GOD (ELKM) created The Adam in His Image, in the Image of GOD (ELKM) He created him, male and female He created them.
And GOD (ELKM) blessed them and said to them
Be fruitful and multiply, filled the Earth and conquer it, rule over the Fish…Birds…and all the Beasts…
THE SIXTH DAY’S FINAL JUDGMENT
And GOD (ELKM) saw EVERYTHING that HE had DONE
And behold, it was VERY GOOD
And there was evening, and there was morning, the SIXTH DAY” (was over.)
…………………THE SABBATH DAY BEGINS………………………..
“And the Heavens and the Earth were FINISHED
And GOD (ELKM) FINISHED all the Work that He has done,
And He ABSTAINED on the SEVENTH DAY from all the work that He had done
And GOD (ELKM) blessed the Seventh Day and He sanctified it….
For in it He ABSTAINED from all His work that GOD (ELKM) had created, to do.” (Genesis 1-31; 2 1-3)
THE GARDEN OF EDEN
“And the LORD (YHVH) GOD (ELKM) formed the Adam from the dust of the ground” (genesis 2:4)
On the surface, Moses’ Genesis differs from the Scientific story. The world including Adam – he seems to be saying – was created only 5779 years ago and in just one week. Science, in contrast, says that the Universe is 13.7 Billion years old, and that Man has evolved over millions years.
But the truth is that Moses does not mention 5779 years. This number has been calculated retrospectively, from Cain and Able. This calculation does not necessarily pertain to Genesis Chapters One.
Indeed, we’ve already learned that according to Kabala each Day of CREATION lasted 2.1 B years on the average. A Day of CREATION is a Floor in a Six Floors BUILDING – Nature. Hence the age of the Universe is 6×2.1 B =12.6 B years, quite close to the 13.7 Billion years offered by Science.
Man, according to this narrative, has been living on the Sixth Floor, as the last tenant in the BUILDING, with millions of years behind him and millions of years ahead of him .
It is conceivable therefore that even according to Moses, Man has grown in stages – from primordial mammals to Apes to Primitive Man then to Modern Man. This process may have taken many years, compatible with Science.
Remember, all we need to show here that Moses’ story CAN be matched with our Scientific knowledge, something you can’t do with any of the myths about CREATION told in his time.
Moses Account of Making Adam
I’m sure that most of the ideas presented henceforth are familiar to Christians, Muslims and Jews. The novelty of our class is that it helps to frame these ideas within the context of Genesis Chapter One.
And as a rule of thumb, whenever the Torah presents an idea the first time, there you’d find the definition of that idea by the Torah.
As we have just read, Moses places the creation of Adam as a direct continuation of the Six Days. Adam is not an alien here but part of Earth’s history. Bu the main point here is that like the story of the Six Days, the ORDER of the events in making Adam is paramount. Some creatures came first and others followed, only to offer a raw material for the next creature in the next Floor. It reflects the Wisdom and the Science of the CREATOR by which He created this world. Similarly, Adam is made by stages that came in order. Moses assumes that by knowing HOW we are built, we would be able to understand ourselves and our trial – so that we would win it.
So the first and foremost difference between Moses and Science is that according to Moses, GOD (ELKM) created Adam – for Judgment. For everything that GOD (ELKM) the JUDGE creates is for Judgment
And like all other creatures, Adam’s judgment- Moses is saying- depends on the precise location of Adam on the ladder of CREATION. Thus the judgment of the Vegetation took place at the end of the 3rd Day – between the Dry Land and the Fish. Vegetation was deemed good because it provided the raw material for the next step. Vegetation and the stabilization of the Earth axis on the 4th Day provided the nervous system necessary for the mobile Fish. The Fish in turn was good because it provided the raw material for the Birds. Both Fish and Birds were good because they supported the Amphibians after them, and so on.
Man is no different. The BUILDER, GOD (ELKM) made Adam at a precise moment- the transition between the Sixth Day and the Sabbath. Man’s judgment would therefore be- to connect the Six Days with the coming Sabbath..
Adam is therefore made at a specific moment, to answer a specific need. Let’s start by counting the events that immediately preceded Adam.
As the Sixth Day downed, Moses says, GOD (ELKM) continued to create as ever before. Still acting as a Sole Dictator, He issued commands like “let it be…” and things happened, with no one objecting or raise a brow. He created, ruled and judged “awesomely alone” following Absolute Justice of “measure for measure,” building and destroying efficiently yet with no Mercy. Thus He said
“Let the Earth bring forth living creatures to their kinds,
Cattle-like and Crawling Creatures and the Beast of Earth to its kinds
And so it was” (Genesis 1: 24)
Then, as the Sixth Day was closing, just before creating Adam, GOD (ELKM) paused and passed an early Judgment on everything He had created earlier on that Day, as it is said
“And GOD (ELKM) said that it was good.” (Genesis 1: 25)
And as ever before, the creatures that GOD (ELKM) said that they were good, were allowed to continue living into the rest of the Day, while those who were “not good anymore” He eliminated. They would not be able to live side by side with Adam.
We’ve already noticed that this midday trail fits the catastrophe that hit Earth 75 M years ago and wiped out the huge creatures of Pangea, the Cattle-like, the Beasts-like and the Crawling creatures, including the Dinosaurs that ruled Earth. Yet GOD (ELKM) said that it was good, since the new environment promoted the growth of the mammals- including Adam.
Announcing the making of Adam
Indeed, according to Moses, soon after the harsh midday trial of the Sixth Day was over, GOD (ELKM) announced in plural voice, as if speaking to no one in particular, saying
Let Us make an Adam in Our Form and Our Image.
To whom was He speaking? Tradition gives us a good answer: He spoke to “whoever was listening” or “whoever was in the room” or “whoever is mentioned in Chapter One” from the Beginning to that point of time.
He spoke to them all, inviting them to participate in making Adam. They would be the “raw material” from which Adam would be made.
But that wasn’t all. In addition to items in the past, GOD (ELKM) also consulted items mentioned in the Chapter ahead of Adam, and used them too to make Adam. This way, GOD (ELKM) gave Adam a direction to go. Adam would connect the past Six Days with the future- the Sabbath.
Like all creatures made before him, Adam too is made to stand in trial. This is what GOD (ELKM) the JUDGE would always do. But what are the terms of Adam’s trial? GOD (ELKM) is just yet fair, and He would not put Adam in a trial without telling the details of it and how to win it.
Indeed, Moses places the details of Adam’s trial-where else- at the End of the Sixth Day. When the Sixth Day turns into the Sabbath, the verse says –
“GOD (ELKM) saw everything that he has done
And behold it was (is) Very Good” (Genesis 1: 3)
Thus, at the End of the Sixth Day – the so called “End of Times” – GOD (ELKM) would judge not only the passing Day, but “Everything that He had done” – the entire Six Days, from the Beginning to that point, meaning the entire Six Floors BUILDING, the whole CREATION!
Moreover, the terms of that final trial would also be changed. Whereas before GOD (ELKM) was pleased with a “good” verdict, this time He would be pleased only with a “Very Good” verdict.
But who would elevate CREATION in GOD (ELKM)’s eyes from ‘good’ to Very Good?
What are the possible outcomes?
That question was urgent and burning, since the stakes of the Final Trial of the Sixth Days are harsh. The verse hints for two possible outcomes, one very good and one very bad. Thus, after the Sixth Day’s Judgment would be over, Moses says –
“And the Heavens and the earth were finished…
And GOD (ELKM) finished all the work that He had done
This verse describes the moment of transition between the Sixth Day and the Sabbath. A key word here is “Finished all his work.” As it turns out, the miraculous Hebrew term selected here for “finished”, khalah, can be read as two opposite outcomes-
You can read “finished” as simply ‘ended’ His work. This refers to a ‘good’ outcome. If GOD (ELKM) would deem CREATION as Very Good, He would finish or end His work, end his judgments and abstain from more work and more judgment. He would then enter the next Day – the Sabbath (“Shabbat” means “abstained,” not rested.)
But you can also read “finished, khalah, as “He terminated” with wrath. In English too one may say “I would finish you!” as a terrible threat. It depends on the TONE. Thus, if GOD (ELKM) would not be Very Pleased with CREATION, He would “finish” or terminate it with wrath, consume it to khalah – nothingness; as He had done to numerous other Universes before! (Rashi)
Note that the Sabbath here is not our weekly Sabbath. It is rather the next Day of CREATION, the so-called “The Sabbath To Come,” The “Eternal Sabbath.” This would not be another Floor on top of the Six, but rather a whole new existence that would wrap our Universe from all sides. . It would be a Day ruled by the Merciful Attribute LORD (Y*H*V*H) – a Day full of Unconditional Love, Joy and Holiness.
Thus GOD (ELKM) would not enter His Sabbath, unless He has felt Very Good about the entire CREATION. But since the Six Days created so far could make the CREATOR feel good at best, who in the world would make Him feel Very Good?
A new creature was needed, one who could make the difference. It would have one ingredient above any other creature in the world, an ingredient that could make him seen Very Good in GOD (ELKM) eyes!
On the other hand, even this new creature might fail GOD (ELKM) harsh scrutiny using Absolute Justice. What would assure a Very Good outcome of the trial? Would the world survive?
They say that even the watching Angels worried about that question, since if GOD (ELKM) would terminate His work to khalah, nothingness, they would be eliminated too, having been made on the 2nd Day!
The process of CREATING ADAM
The following presentation of Adam birth is based on the Talmud, prayers and a liturgy and practices done way back in the Holy Temple of Jerusalem. It presents mainstream Judaism. You can find the story in the liturgy of –
(1) Rosh Hashanah Holiday, the New Year, which celebrated as the annual anniversary of Adam creation. On that day we recall the events surrounding the creation of Adam.
(2) The weekly Eve of the Sabbath, the liturgy associated at the transition between the sixth day of the week (Friday) to the Sabbath.
Changing the way He rules
How relaxed the Angels became hearing the voice of GOD (ELKM) announcing softly in plural voice, as if talking to no one in particular, saying
“Let Us Make Adam in Our Form and Our Image”
The Angels understood that GOD (ELKM) made a concession towards CREATION. A new creature called Adam would be introduced so Adam would be able to make GOD (ELKM) feel Very Good about him and the entire endeavor, the whole Six Floors Building, the whole CREATION.
They also understood that Adam would have in him a new ingredient that not found in previous creatures, an ingredient that would elevate him in GOD (ELKM)’s eyes so much that He would feel Very Good.
“What could it be?” the Angels wondered, “is there anything in the world that would make Adam so special? And how would Adam withstand GOD (ELKM) harsh scrutiny using Absolute Justice?”
The Angels then noticed the drastic change in His tone. “Let Us…” Gone was the old tone of Command, “Let there be!” Instead, GOD (ELKM) spoke more softly, as if consulting with other entities and inviting them to come over and participate made Adam.
This was another concession towards Adam. By speaking in Plural, the CREATOR acted as a Dictator no more. He had stepped down from the High pedestal as a Supreme JUDGE and acted as a new KING Who Consults.
And Under His new way of ruling, GOD (ELKM) would be more tolerant to Adam’s sins and more open to Adam’s pleas. Henceforth He would listen more patiently to Adam. By this concession He gave Adam a better chance to win his trial.
Teaching Adam modesty
“Let us Make and Adam….”
While these soft words were ringing in the air, the Angles asked: “Our KING, are you consulting with us? What for? Aren’t we your faithful messengers who fulfill your command with no discretion?” Indeed, the Hebrew word for an Angel, mal-akh, means a messenger, even a human one.
GOD (ELKM) said: “I consult you, my Angels, to teach Adam modesty- that the superior would always consult the inferior.” (Rashi)
The Angels understood that to become Very Good, Adam would have to emulate GOD (ELKM) and step down from any tyranny and rule by listening and consulting.
But they also understood that this concession– speaking in plural – came with a price. “Our KING,” they wondered, “Aren’t you afraid that by speaking in plural you’ve opened the door for idolaters to think they have more than One CREATOR? Adam would fail his trial and would never be Very Good!”
GOD (ELKM) answered: “I take the risk of IDOLATRY and speak in plural, for teaching Adam modesty is paramount!” (Rashi)
Thus GOD (ELKM) ‘retracted’ His Presence from the world in modesty, thereby allowing Adam to grow, take over and rule his habitat. IDOLATRY would indeed be a major part of Adam’s trial.
1. GOD (ELKM) Consulted His Self and made Adam’s Self
Let Us Make an Adam In Our Form and Our Image..”
As those precious worlds were uttered, GOD (ELKM) turned to the Angels. “What is your opinion? Should I make An Adam?”
“How would he look like?”
“Here he is – as an Image and Form on my mind…” GOD ELKM said and He made for the Angels a dummy of the ‘image and form’ of Adam in the ground. He would make that image and form layer by layer for the Angles to see and voice their opinion.
He would consult all the ingredients mentioned in Genesis Chapter One and made them as layers in Adam’s mind and soul.
First, GOD (ELKM) turned to His Own, most Primordial ‘Free Will’ and ‘Self Consciousness’ that had started our Universe, the Very Beginning of it, and said-
Let Us Make an Adam in Our Form and Our Image
He then consulted His “Free Will and Self Consciousness” like a BULDER who consults His Master Plan and planted these virtues in the mind of Adam’s dummy.
“Should I make such an Adam?” GOD (ELKM) asked the Angels in Modesty, as a King Who Consults.
Why planting the Self first? Imagine a company that builds a humanoid robot. The planner would first set up on the blue print the ‘self’ of that robot.
“Our King! Don’t make him!” Some Angels said, “You’ve given Adam the most precious gift of Self Consciousness and Free will, necessary to rule over his habitat. But this strong Self (Ego) might make him extremely arrogant, so much that he would rebel against you and your moral values. He might even worship his own Self instead of worshiping and adoring you! So don’t make him! He would fail to stand your scrutiny and would not make you feel Very Good!”
But other Angels said: “Make him! He might learn from You modesty and subdue his Self to Yours. This he might make you feel Very good!”
GOD (ELKM) said: “Indeed, Adam’s Free Will and Self Consciousness would be a major part of his trial. But modesty is not enough. I will make him smarter…”
2. GOD (ELKM) consulted His Wisdom and Science
And made Adam
Still planning Adam, GOD (ELKM) built another layer in his dummy. Turning to His own “Wisdom and Science By Which He had Created the World” He said (RaMBaN)-
Let us Make An Adam, In Our Form and Our Image.
These Primordial Wisdom and Science are mentioned in the first verse of Genesis that says
“In the Beginning (In the Head of the Events)
GOD (ELKM) created the Heavens and the Earth.” (Genesis 1:1)
The “Head of the Events” can be read as the Wisdom and Science in GOD’S (ELKM) “Head” – so to speak- by Which He created the Heavens and the Earth.
GOD (ELKM) then consulted the “Wisdom and Science in His Head” and made another layer in Adam’s mind. .
No wonder, then, that Adam’s powerful mind might unravel all the mysteries of the Universe. By this, Moses concurs with Science: Adam is a Homo Sapience, Wise Man.
A company that builds a humanoid would first plan to plant a Self in it, and then make its mind wise
Turning to the Angels, GOD (ELKM) asked, “Shall I make such a wise Adam?”
“Our King,” some Angles said, “you have made his trial harder. In his big Ego and arrogance, Adam might use his Wisdom and Science to destroy the world, rather than lead and cultivate it. Adam might even worship Science and Wisdom, thinking they would solve all his problems. He would fail to make you feel Very Good!”
But other Angels said: “Yes, make him! Adam would use his Science and Wisdom for good causes. he would feel Very Good!”
GOD (ELKM) said: “Indeed, worshiping Science and Wisdom would be a major part of Adam’s trial. But this would not make him Very Good. I will make his life richer and more meaningful….”
3. He Consulted Art
And made Adam
GOD (ELKM) then turned to another entity mentioned in the Chapter, namely “the Spirit of ELKM” that “hovered over the water” (Genesis 1: 2)
What is the Spirit of ELKM? In the Book of Exodus, Moses refers to the “Spirit of GOD (ELKM)” as the Art of craftsmanship, as it is said
And the LORD (YHVH) called in the name of Bezalel …
And he filled him with the Spirit of GOD (ELKM)….
of Wisdom, Insight and Knowledge and with every craft,
to wave designs, to work with gold, silver and copper
And stone cutting for setting, and wood crafting, to perform every craft of design” (Exodus 35: 30-33)
Now, planning Adam, GOD ELKM turned to “His Spirit” of Art and said to it in plural –
Let Us Make an Adam in Our Form and Our Image
GOD(ELKM) then Consulted Art like a BUILDER Who Consults his plan and made another layer in Adam.
Henceforth Art enriches our lives and make them enjoyable. Moreover, Art combined with Science would be an effective tool in Adam’s hands.
“Should I make such an Adam?” GOD (ELKM) consulted His Angles.
“Our King,” some Angles said, “Art would enrich Adam’s life but would also be a trap of idolatry. You have made his trial harder. Adam might subject his life to Art and Music rather than to you. He might use his Art for bad causes. So don’t make him! He would not make you feel Very Good!”
But other Angels said: “Make him! He would use his art to achieve good goals and glorify you…”
GOD said: “Indeed, Art would serve as a major part of his trial. But I want to charge him with more passion, so that he would move forwards to the Sabbath…”
4. GOD (ELKM) Consulted the Six Days
And made Adam
Still planning Adam, GOD (ELKM) turned to the Six Days. To each Day He said
Let Us Make an Adam in Our Form and Our Image.”
GOD (ELKM) then consulted each and every Day, like a BUILDER consulting His plan, and made successive layers in Adam. Thus-
Consulting the First Day, He built a layer in Adam made of Light and Matter and stuff that galaxies and stars are made of.
Consulting the Second Day, He built another layer in Adam made of Water. No wonder that our bodies consist mainly of water
Consulting the Third Day, He built another layer in Adam based on Vegetation. Our bodies harbor blood vessels that brunch like a tree , our eyes perform sort of photosynthesis to see.
Consulting the Fourth Day He built it our bodies sensitive to night and days, a feature so crucial for our nervous system.
Consulting the Fifth Day, He Built other layers in our bodies that resemble Fish, Birds and Amphibians .
Consulting the Sixth Day, s He built other layers in our bodies that resemble Cattle, Beasts and Crawling creatures.
You can see all that in our bodies as it develop in our mother’s wombs.
A company building a humanoid robot would first establish its “brain” then build its body according to the environment where the robot would function
“Should I make such an Adam?” GOD (ELKM) asked His Angels.
“Our KING!” Some said, “You’ve given Adam an enormous gift. Adam would not be an alien in his world. Adam would be able to identify with all creatures and rule over them by understanding and consultation. Yet there is a problem…”
“What is it?” GOD asked, as if He did not know
“You have made his trial harder. Since You have consulted these Days to make Adam, they would be seen very attractive and powerful in his eyes. Adam would err to worship them one by one. So don’t make him! He would fail to make you feel Very Good!”
Indeed, they predicted human history – :
Adam first worshiped creatures made on the Sixth Day close to him- Cattle, Beasts and Snakes.
Adam then worshiped creatures of the Fifth Day – Fish, Birds and Crocodiles
Adam then worship items born on the Fourth Day – the Sun , Moon and Celestial bodies
Adam then worshiped items of the Third Day – Mighty Trees, Tall Mountains, Oceans…
Thinking that these items are his CREATOR’S PARTNERS. .
But other Angels said: “Yes, make him! He would cater for the animals and attend Nature and would worship only you…”
GOD (ELKM) said: “Indeed, worshiping Nature would be Adam’s toughest trial. But I would enrich his life so that he would rule my world wit more passion…”
5: GOD (ELKM) consulted “Sex Drive”
And made Adam
Having exhausted items mentioned in the |Chapter before Adam, GOD (ELKM) turned to items mentioned ahead of Adam, such as the Drive to Procreate, and said
LET US MAKE AN ADAM IN OUR FORM AND OUR IMAGE
Here is the verse: After the above verse it is said
GOD ELKM blessed them and said to them
Be fruitful and multiply, filled the Earth and conquer it,
and rule over the Fish…Birds…and all the Beasts…”
GOD (ELKM) turned to “Be Fruitful And Multiply” – namely the Sex Drive, and invited it to make Adam.
“Why consulting me? Arn’t you afraid that Adam would worship me?” Sex Drive asked.
“I consult you to teach Adam modesty,” GOD (ELKMO said, and He consulted the Sex Drive like a BUILDER consulting His plan and planted it as a strong layer in Adam’s dummy. Moreover, He blessed Adam with it.
And ever since then Adam’s Sex Drive would be stronger than found in Nature. drive him forwards to achieve achieve his goals more than his wisdom and art. .
“Should I plant in Adam such a blessed Sex Drive?” GOD (ELKM) asked His Angels.
“Our KING!” some said, “you have made his trial harder than ever before. Chances are he would fail to make you feel Very Good! And if that happens, You would not enter the next Day!”
But other said: “Make him! The harder his trial, the more would be his reward. By overcoming his new Drive he would be deemed Very Good in your eyes!”..
GOD (ELKM) said: “Indeed, Adam Sex Drive would be an extremely powerful part of his trial…but I would plant in him another powerful drive…” .
6: GOD (ELKM) consulted the Drive to Rule Over
And made Adam
GOD (ELKM) then turned to the Drive to Rule Over and said to it:
“Let us, me and you, make an Adam in our Form and our Image.”
You see that Drive in the verse. as it is said
GOD ELKM blessed them and said to them
Be fruitful and multiply, filled the Earth and conquer it,
and rule over the Fish…Birds…and all the Beasts…”
“Why consulting me? Arn’t you afraid that Adam would worship his Power?”
“I consult you, to teach Adam modesty,” GOD (ELKM) said and He Consulted the “Rule Over” and planted it as a layer in Adam’s soul. Henceforth Seeking Power would propel Adam to achieve goals and make a name for himself. This Drive would move Adam forwards in history towards the Sabbath. In fact, it would be a stronger than the Sex Drive. . .
“Shall I equipped Adam with this Drive?” GOD (ELKM) asked His Angels.
“Our KING!” Some said, “You have made his trial harder than ever before. Seeking Power would drive him away from you…So don’t make him! He would never make you feel Very Good!”
But other Angels said: “That is true. His trial is harder. But if he wins it he would indeed be seen Very Good in your eyes. So yes, make him! ”
Giving Adam the Laws
The Angles watched the dummy of Adam on the ground in despair. They knew that if Adam would be made, he would grow according to these series of consultations –
1. Every child would begin with big Self Image and a strong Will
2. Then would grow and learn his surrounding, nature, and identify himself within it
3.Then would grow and get smarter, totally fascinated by Science ( swallowing whole encyclopedias)
4.Then, as young teen-age, would be fascinated by Art and music
5.Then, as young lads and ladies, be totally driven by strong and blessed sex drive
6.Then as young adults, be idriven by strong and blessed Power Seeking, making a name for themselves,
And they knew that each stage in Adam’s life would carry its specific challenges. “How would Adam ever win?” They wondered, “wouldn’t he need help?”
Note how well Moses depicts human growth, so similar to our scientific narrative. (It is said that Sigmund Freud came to his psychoanalysis theory after attending a rabbinical lecture in Vienna )
GOD (ELKM) answered: “You are right, my Angles. Let us help Adam to become the From and Image that I have about him on my mind… ” (Rashi, Midrash)
“How?” The Angels asked.
GOD (ELKM) Said : “I will teach him to emulate me, to do justice measure for measure, ‘tooth for a tooth and an eye for an eye.’ I will teach him the basic six moral principles by which he could develop a decent society and become Very Good.
“What are these principles?” The Angles wondered.
“They should address and cover all the stages of Adam’s life,” GOD (ELKM) said. “They are
As you see, these are the nucleus of the future Ten Commandments of Sinai.
But the skeptic Angels said: “Our KING! Aren’t you aware that by giving Adam your moral Commandments you’ve also increase his apatite to do their opposite? Now we are sure that he would fail!”
GOD (ELKM) sighed: “Indeed, I’m afraid that I’ve made it Very hard for Adam to withstand my Absolute Justice….”
They say that the Angels began to cry. What would happen to the world, and to them?
GOD (ELKM) then made His last, seventh Consultation.
So far Genesis agrees with Science that
- Man is blessed by a Self Consciousness and a Free Will
- Man possesses a Smart Mind; he is Homo sapience
- Man possesses an Artistic Heart that enriches our lives
- Man repeats the entire Evolution- the Six Days in the uterus
- Man possesses a strong Sex Drive that pushes us forwards
- Man possesses a strong Drive For Power
For Science, those talents are enough to distinguish Mankind from all other creatures. .
For Moses, these features of Man are insufficient to make him look Very Good in the CREATOR’S eyes. What was still missing in Adam to be Very Good?