ADULTERY-6/ Adam, where are you?

 

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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. Hence 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 , then departed from them only to come close again..
When the Heavenly Court comes closer to us, it hears our pleas for FORGIVENESS. The plea should be accompanied with CONFESSION, , ASKING  FORGIVENESS and PLEDGING to do better in  the future (Maimonides.) .

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

Thus by  saying that the Heavenly Court of YHVH ELoKiM came close and then departed, the Torah implies that the Court did not give up on Adam and his wife.  Despite their  sin, the Court anxiously waited for them to repent.  Yet Adam and his wife failed badly.

Note that ELKM “by Himself” would  never forgive or accept repentance

It is only YHVH that injects FORGIVENESS into the ways of the Heavenly Court.  .

In the Heavenly Court of YHVH ELKM, the Attributes consult (nimlach) with each other.  ELKM gives up His dictatorship and  opens up His ears to listen to the Merciful YHVH in our behalf.  In the same token, YHVH gives up Her total MERCY and listen to the Prosecutor words. e

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. Or because they refused to repent. It is easier to f blame someone else for your failure.

Adam failed

They hide in the bush.  But  YHVH ELoKiM did not give up on them as it says:

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

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

But Adam and his wife failed to grab  that opportunity opened for them in Eden. Instead of confessing, they pointed fingers at each other: Adam blamed his wife, and she the Serpent.

3: Eden’s Verdicts

This was their last chance to stay in Eden. They have acquired all the  aspects of Knowing YHVH possible  in Eden.  They had a good perception of Her Holiness, Her disgust from nakedness, Her love for pure family life and Her hatred for sexual promiscuity and ADULTERY.  Now they had also gained  an insight to  Her  REPENTANCE, they had exhausted all the features of YHVH that they could possibly gain in Eden.

Hence their training for life on Earth was completed. They had also acquired a full knowledge of Sin  They could live on Earth facing the Angel of Death first hand, on the practical 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,  Since the trial of Eden took place on the THIRD Day, the snake would appear on real Earth only later .  Snakes ruled our Planet for millions of eyars after the demise of the Dinosaurs.

Some say, however, that the Serpent has  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, the Woman would be exposed on Earth to  the “pains and sorrow” of menstruation and child delivery.  it sounds bad, but as it would turn out this bad  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, work hard and fight for his life. Would this experience lead him to see YHVH on Earth? We’ll find out the answer as we learn bout Cain and Abel.

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4: The Rosh Hashanah

The story of Eden has been re-enacted by Israel  for thousands of years in our customs and prayer books.

Once a year, on the New Year Holiday , the so called Rosh Hashanah, we celebrate the day also as the annual anniversary of Adam CREATION. As such it should be observed by all Mankind.

On that awesome day, we  stand again before our FAHTER-KING (avinu malkeinu) like it was in Eden, and ask Forgiveness,   thereby correcting Adam and Eve’s failure.
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The Roash Hashanah  is also a day when the Heavenly Court gets closer to Mankind, calling us again “Adam, where are you? Come to me! Repent! “

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.

5: 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     :

 

6: 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.

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