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The simple story of Adam and Eve: Maybe it wasn't that simple after all

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A New Twist To An Old Story


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The simple story of Adam and Eve: Maybe it wasn't that simple after all
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Rabbi Manis Friedman, a noted Chassidic philosopher, author and lecturer, is dean of Bais Chana Women's Institute of Jewish Studies.
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David Chester Petach Tikva, Israel July 14, 2017

"Cursed be the Land" When we suffer from the hands of a tax collector, we curse him and hate his visits. A cursed person is one that our society avoids and dislikes, to say the least. However in the story of the banishment from the Garden of Eden the ground is also cursed. What does this kind of curse mean, since we have to both live and earn our bread from the cursed land. How can this possible--if and how can we compromise and accept the land (and later own some of it) even though it is cursed? Reply

Avraham ben Avraham Curitiba May 30, 2016

Rabine, I believe that the best metaphora of Chava, Adam HaRishon and the serpent is the representation of the Neshamah (Adam), Ruach (Chava) and the serpent (Nefesh). For me it's a clear way that what happens when the order is changed. The Ruach listened the Nefesh and loss to the Yetzer Hará that corrupted it and forced the Neshamah to sin. Reply

zeynep September 29, 2013

after 5774 years we are running on empty in exile. There is not much grey matter left here and what's left will have to be elevated from within the Holy Land. For the Work now is reclaiming our Home. Reply

Baron Castillo Los Angeles, Ca July 28, 2012

Chabad Clarity Thank You Rabbi Friedman! Reply

Anonymous mexico October 3, 2010

WOW!! so impresieve... Well, I´d never saw it that way...
There are SO many ways to interpret Torah! It`s just many wisdom in it...simply wondrus
Thnanks Rabbi! Reply

chayim portland September 27, 2010

how could they pick fruit on shabbos? ok, so, the tree would be kosher on shabbos, fine. but how could they get the fruit from the tree without violating the laws of shabbos?
if i remember correctly, picking fruit on shabbos, "kotzair", is a no-no. Reply

rivka flushing, nY October 14, 2009

Wow !!! Thanks R. Freidman How come never heard anything like this before???
But how could Eve be 100% sure that that was what G-d wanted them to do?
And if it was, why couldn't G-d spell it out for them and was to be so cryptic a message, dafka tell them to do exactly the opposite of what He wanted them to achieve? Reply

Anonymous tampa, FL/USA November 4, 2008

I never thought of this... If they think they have to do something with the tree BEFORE Shabbos, that means they are "under the gun" because they only have a few hours to decide what to do, and then the opportunity would be lost forever. Should they do, or should the not do? G-d said "don't" but when you do, you'll die. But does that mean they would "die" on Shabbos? If so, then what does it mean to "die?" And if we are supposed to "die" then is death something that can be in a good way or a bad way?

Also, what tradition? There was no one else. Unless "seeing from one end of the world to the other" means seeing forward in time as well as looking back. But that only makes it more difficult to understand, because that would mean they saw what the consequences of their "sin" would be, and they still decided to do it. Reply

Judith buffalo, ny August 3, 2008

Good to Know! i never heard this explained so clearly before, im so glad i got to hear this, it all makes sense now! Thank you Rabbi Friedman for your wonderful lectures :) Reply

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