Thursday, October 04, 2018

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What is So Important?

    by Reb Gutman Locks

What is So Important?


     What is so important about the story of the Garden of Eden? Why do we need to learn about such things? Why do we need to know what happened to our fathers and mothers way back then? Does any of this really matter?

     Hashem gave us these writings to teach us essential lessons in life. These stories are both literally factual, that is, they actually happened, but even more important to us is that the stories of our ancestors are actually talking about us throughout the ages.

     We are Adam and Eve in the Garden, and what happened to them is somehow happening to us. The Jewish people are Avraham, Yitzchok, Yaakov, Sarah, Rivka, Rachel and Leah. What they went through we go through albeit on a much lower level. We are faced with the same challenges they faced, and if we are to succeed we must learn from their trials and their successes. Then, we will receive the reward that they received.

1 comment:

  1. Dear Rabbi Gutman: I seem to hear the story of Adam and Eve nearly every time I turn around: Adam and Eve ate the apple (actually "apple" is NEVER said -- it's forbidden fruit!); Adam and Eve sinned; God kicked Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden! I have heard that blasted story so much that I HATE IT! YES, I HATE IT! I have reason to believe that I am descended from Herod, and I am less ashamed of being descended from Herod than I am from Adam! (I mean it!) I hate Eve too! If I am descended from Mariamne, then I am proud of it because she at least defied her [expletives deleted] husband who blamed her! I have heard so much repetition from the blasted story/myth of Adam and Eve that I am THOROUGHLY SICK of it! Can you tell us something less shallow that will really give meaning to 21st century Jews and Christians and Muslims as well than the usual prattle?


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