Torah E-Thought: The route of temptation

 
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One of the most famous and oft studied events in the Torah is recounted in this week’s parshah as Adam and Eve give in to temptation and eat from the Tree of Knowledge.

According to the Midrash, G-d’s decree not to eat from the Tree of Knowledge applied only on the 6th day of Creation, the day that Adam and Chava were created. With the onset of Shabbos that evening, the prohibition would have been removed and they could have feasted on the fruit to their hearts’ content. Moreover, according to the Talmud’s account of the day’s events, when G-d gave the command only three hours remained until Shabbos. But an hour later Adam had already succumbed to the temptation and sinned.

The fact that Adam - who heard the command directly from G-d - could not wait a mere three hours and disobeyed G-d’s simple instructions so quickly is nothing short of astonishing. Generations of Jews have sacrificed everything without ever hearing the word of G-d, yet Adam, who had a direct command, could not control himself.

Chassidic philosophy explains that man’s temptation to sin is not determined by how objectively difficult it is for him to abide by a particular law, but by how critical it is that he keep it. The greater the mitzvah’s urgency, the greater the efforts of the yetzer hara, “the evil inclination” tasked with inciting man to sin. Because the command not to eat from the Tree of Knowledge was of such colossal importance  - as is evident from the dire consequences of his transgression - the yetzer hara, embodied here in the serpent, made even this easy, short-term prohibition too tempting for Adam to withstand.

The lesson this teaches us is obvious. I hear daily from people who are fed up with the COVID restrictions. Not because they are vulnerable or lonely or because they need support, but people who have just had enough and no longer take the care to wear a mask, wash hands or socially distance. When we find ourselves struggling with a particular observance or prohibition, regardless if its origins are Biblical, rabbinic, Jewish custom or for the protection and safety of another, we must recognise that the difficulty is simply a mirage created by the yetzer hara. In fact, our temptation to be lax and give in to temptation is the greatest indicator that at that moment, in that place, for us as individuals, it is the fulfilment of this mitzvah in
particular that is absolutely crucial

 
 
 
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Parshah in a Nutshell

Parshat Bereishit

G‑d creates the world in six days. On the first day He makes darkness and light. On the second day He forms the heavens, dividing the “upper waters” from the “lower waters.” On the third day He sets the boundaries of land and sea, and calls forth trees and greenery from the earth. On the fourth day He fixes the position of the sun, moon and stars as timekeepers and illuminators of the earth. Fish, birds and reptiles are created on the fifth day; land animals, and then the human being, on the sixth. G‑d ceases work on the seventh day, and sanctifies it as a day of rest.

G‑d forms the human body from the dust of the earth, and blows into his nostrils a “ living soul.” Originally Man is a single person, but deciding that “it is not good that man be alone,” G‑d takes a "side" from the man, forms it into a woman, and marries them to each other.

Adam and Eve are placed in the Garden of Eden, and commanded not to eat from the “ Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.” The serpent persuades Eve to violate the command, and she shares the forbidden fruit with her husband. Because of their sin, it is decreed that man will experience death, returning to the soil from which he was formed, and that all gain will come only through struggle and hardship. Man is banished from the Garden.

Eve gives birth to two sons, Cain and Abel. Cain quarrels with Abel and murders him, and becomes a rootless wanderer. A third son, Seth, is born to Adam; Seth’s eighth-generation descendant, Noah, is the only righteous man in a corrupt world.