Sunday, October 26, 2008

Deep thought on the parsha

Random thought that occurred to me as I was listening to the Torah reading this week:

Wow, humanity really gets off to a bad start: violating Divine ordinance, blaming mistakes on spouses, getting the curse of manual labor, plus pregnancy labor pains, being driven out of their luxurious home as a punishment for not having enough self-control to listen to their one and only piece of instruction, being jealous of a sibling, resorting to killing said sibling, denying bad behavior, forgetting G-d to the extent that there is only one pious person in the whole world . . .

5 comments:

Stam said...

Ah, Shana Rishona.

SJ said...

Is there a second half to this post??? I feel like I've been left with a sentence fragment!

the apple said...

Stam - errrrrr . . . clarification, please!

SJ - not really, although it would probably be something along the lines of "sadly, we haven't gotten all that much better," or something.

Ezzie said...

Stam - ROTFL

YB said...

The picture painted by the simple meaning of the parsha looks like a messed up soap opera. Of course there are answers in the meforshim and midrashim to make every negative looking story into a positive light.
(Adam violated the only rule he had becuase he wanted to do teshuva, kain didn't deny killing hevel (cli Yakar), hevel was chayiv misa (cli yakar))

But it is true to say that the torah wants us to look at the beginning and say we can do better as is always the case.