Gan Eden – So you think your having problems finding your beshert, Adam HaRishon, the first man, androgynous and unique in all of creation, what about him. Now this is a real shidduch crisis. Rabbi Yossi ben Halafta said that making a match is as difficult as splitting the Reed Sea and this is in a world full of potential mates. “It is not good for man to be alone”.
G-d brought all the birds and animals before man to name them. In Hebrew a name is not just an arbitrary identifier but relates to the object essence. By allowing Adam to name them he would see they were not for him. “But as for man, he did not find a helper corresponding to him”.
“I will make a helper corresponding to him”. Adam had a tail like the lower animals, out of consideration for him G-d removed it and formed woman. “And He filled in flesh in its place”. There was no scare left both were perfect. The woman had long hair and wings. Her name was Lilith suggesting night as she would be to Adam as the Moon is to the Sun.
R’Yose ask Elijah, “In what way a women is a helpmate to man”. He answered, “When a man brings home wheat does he chew wheat kernels raw? Or when he brings home flax does he wear unprocessed flax? Does it not then emerge that she illuminates his eyes, and puts him on his feet.”
Man would shine like the sun, he would provide. Woman would reflect the light like the moon, she would take what man provided and use it to maintain their home.
- Bereishis (Genesis) Rabba 8 [«]
- Bereishis (Genesis) Rabba 68 [«]
- Bereishis (Genesis) 2:18 [«]
- Bereishis (Genesis) 2:19 [«]
- Yevamos 63a [«]
- Bereishis (Genesis) 2:20 [«]
- Bereishis (Genesis) Rabba 14 [«]
- Eruvin 18a [«]
- Bereishis (Genesis) 2:21 [«]
- Zohar 1:34b [«]
- See G-d Sins ??? [«]
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