The Tree of Knowledge

“Now the Nachash was more naked than all the beasts of the field.”

And the eyes of both of them were open and they knew that they were naked.

” ‘Who told thee that thou wast naked?…. Hast thou eaten of the Tree …?’ “

What was the fruit?

It was Premature sex: knowing good and evil

Midda-Keneged-Midda –

dust shall you eat – the nachash (serpent) is an euphemism for the human ego and the story is a parable

To the nachash He said, “and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life.”

“the woman said (added to the prohibition) ‘neither shall you touch it’ .”

16 Unto the woman He said: ‘I will greatly multiply thy pain and thy travail; in pain thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.’

” ‘… for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.’ “

” ‘Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil….’ ” Is knowing right from wrong an asset or a liability for humanity? The one consequence of sin is shame but “measure for measure” Chavah is punished with excessive pain of child-birth and having her husband “rule over her” as she ‘ruled over’ Adam by giving him the fruit of the tree…!

“And Adam knew his wife, Chavah (Eve)….”

“Is man the tree of the field?” Devarim 20.19

He looketh at all high things; He is king over all the proud beasts.” Iyov (Job) 41.34

And they were both arom, the man and his wife, and they were not ashamed. Now the serpent was more arom than any beast of the field… (Genesis, 2:25-3:1).

If one studies this passage one can only come to the conclusion that this story is a parable about premature sexual intercourse; as the punishment given is midda-keneged-midda (measure for measure). Serpents don’t talk and don’t eat dust and HaShem tells Adam he is dust and to dust he shall return. The serpent (Nachash) is the human ego. Chavah was punished with excessive pain in child-birth and Adam, (being banished from the garden he was put into to guard and serve) was punished with eating bread taken from amongst thorns and thistles.
In describing the serpent as Leviathan, the Book of Iyov (Job) says “He is king over all the proud beasts.”
Dust is a euphemism for humility – hence Adam is and could return to dust – The serpent is an euphemism for the human ego or pride! The tree is an euphemism for mankind – Devarim 20.19

This is why we are commanded the Mitzvah of Unleavened Bread – Leaven is a symbol of pride!!! “Neither shall it be seen with thee.”

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