It is taught that Adam and Eve were exiled from the Garden of Eden for eating the forbidden fruit, but a close reading demonstrates that they were exiled for a subsequent offense. Furthermore, we think of Cain as a murder but if we look closely we see a man who desperately was attempting to draw closer to God. Was Cain able to truly repair his relationship with God after his sin? How can we repair our relationship with God?
Despite the fact that the Torah tells us that Noah was righteous, he was not chosen to be the first “Jew.” Why did God not choose Noah and what can we learn about how God wants us to relate to him?
Rabbi Steven Saks
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