4 Things You Never Knew about Adam and Eve
There’s barely a person in the world that hasn’t heard the story of Adam and Eve: The planet’s first man and woman are told by God that they can eat from any tree in the newly-created world, except for the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Along comes the evil snake who manages to convince Eve to take a bite of the forbidden fruit and voila – the world is plunged into a state of chaos, death and destruction that it still hasn’t recovered from. That’s the basic story – but as our deeper Jewish sources teach us, there is far more going on here than meets the eye. The Jewish mystic Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai famously wrote a whole book discussing the 70 hidden meanings that were contained in the word ‘Bereishit’ (lit: in the beginning), the first word in the Torah, alone. So what’s the real story behind Adam and Eve, and what lessons can we learn from it today?