© 2017 by Rabbi Zvi Aviner
ADULTERY-3/Eden: Sin is illogical
Know your CREATOR, know yourself and know the difference
1: Inventory check
So far sin is:
1. Something that damages or stains our spiritual umbilical cord to the CREATOR’S lips
2. Violating our Parent’s advice
3. Transgressing our King’s Orders
Adam could violate in Eden, at that stage, only one Commandment: IDOLATRY. The rest of the Six Commandments were given to him as potential laws. Like a school child who learns rules and regulations that would apply only later in his life, when he confronts their challenge.
Thus, when the ‘woman’ would be formed to live by his side in Eden, ADULTERY would become relavant to their life. If they fail their trial in Eden and be driven out to live on Earth, all the other Commandments would also become relevant to their life on real Earth.
Last class we left Adam as a young person growing in his parent’s home. He is a toddler no more, capable of comprehending and honoring authority. IDOLATRY for him is disobeying his FATHER-KING Command.
Now, before forming the woman, the Torah says:
2: The Smart Adam
“And out of the ground YHVH ELoKiM formed
Every beast of the field and every bird of the air,
And He brought it to Adam to see what he would call it.
And whatever Adam called every living creature, this was its name…” (Genesis 2:19)
Adam is a Homo Sapience, Wise Man
As Adam continues to ‘grow’ in Eden, his libido and attention is diverted away from his home, from his mother and father, to the outside world.
To show his mindset, his Parent(s), YHVH ELKM, brings him all the creatures of Eden for naming. Adam tries, and as the verse attests, Adam proves to be very smart: every name he gives is the right one, the very name that the CREATOR has intended for it.
What sort of Wisdom is Adam exhibiting?
In Science, such as Biology, we first discern species by observing their features and distinguish between them. We categorize them into groups. Then we learn their physiology and understand how their bodies work. Only then we might apply this knowledge to invent technology.
In Medicine, for instance, we first DESCRIBE and NAME groups of symptoms and recognize them as syndromes and specific diseases. We then attempt to understand how they work by pathophysiology. Only then we might arrive at the practical phase of introducing medications, medical technology and surgery.
Thus the Wisdom of any Science passes through the three phases:
So by naming the creatures in Eden, Adam exhibits the first, theoretical levels of Wisdom: Chokhma and Binah. He does not show the practical form of Wisdom, Daat, since he does not need to develop technology.
You can say that Adam, at that stage of the story, is a logical creature, a Homo Sapience. He has ‘grown’ from a child attached to his parents, into a young adult whose libido is directed to the outside, to Nature.
Johnny is now 8-12 years old. He consumes books and encyclopedia about science, the universe, animals, even history.
With this, the Torah advances the notion of Sin one step up.
Henceforth Sin is not only a transgression of our FATHER-KING Order,
Sin is also an illogical act, something foolish that would destroy the fool’s lives.
Sin is something detrimental to society.
For instance: the ancient Greek philosophers held that sinners are FOOL.
3: He even named ELoKiM
The story goes like that: When the CREATOR, as JUDGE, saw how smart was Adam, He asked: “My child Adam, what Name would you give me?”
Adam said: “I‘ll call you ELoHiM, for you are my JUDGE.” Indeed, ELKM in Hebrew means a JUDGE.
ELoKiM was pleased, as it says that “every name that Adam gave on that day was the right one,” the very name that the CREATOR had intended for himself.
4: He even named YHVH
Hearing the conversation, the Attribute of MERCY asked Adam: “My child, what name would you give me?”
Adam said: “I shall call you YHVH.”
“Why?” The Attribute of MERCY sked.
“For my children will see that you appear late in the Story of CREATION, before the Sabbath, and they may think that you are ‘born’ late. I’m therefore informing them that He was, He is and He will be in short, the acronym YHVH.”
Hearing Adam, YHVH was pleased, as it says: “and every name that Adam gave on that day was the right one,” the very name that the CREATOR had intended even for Himself.
5: He even named ‘YHVH ELoKiM’
Now the two Attributes, YHVH ELoKiM, asked in Oneness: “My son, Adam, how will you call me?”
Adam replied: “I’ll call you My FATHER, My KING for you’ve advised me like a FATHER, and Commanded me to keep the Six Commandments like a KING.”
Hearing Adam, YHVH ELoKiM was pleased, asa it says that “every Name that Adam gave on that day was the right one,” the name that the CREATOR had intended for Himself.
But the story of Eden is not yet over, by no means. As Adam continues to grow, he enters a stage in his life that his libido is diverted to THE OTHER SEX.