I received a school assignment to answer the following question.
Imagine and write one question that you think could be answered by eating the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge. Then explain why you think that God did not want humans to know the answer to that question. Your post must be at least four sentences long.
I spent so much time answering it, and wanted to share what I wrote with everyone who follows my blog. Even though my blog is mainly focused on Sephardi Jews, I am still going to post this.
I think that if I eat the fruit from the tree, I will know the answer to the following question, “How are we supposed to live our daily Jewish lives?”. There are many guesses to this question, but I think that G-d doesn’t want us to know this answer because that is one thing that makes Judaism a living thing. When I say living thing, I mean an evolving religion. G-d doesn’t want us to know everything. Through the torah, G-d tells us some general things like respect your parents, or don’t steal. Those commandments are easily explained, just don’t steal from people, and respect your parents. But, what makes Judaism a living thing are the specific rules G-d commands us. For instance, Deuteronomy 6:5-9 states:
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your being, and all your might. These words that I am commanding you today must always be on your minds. Recite them to your children. Talk about them when you are sitting around your house and when you are out and about, when you are lying down and when you are getting up. Tie them on your hand as a sign. They should be on your forehead as a symbol. Write them on your house’s doorframes and on your city’s gates.”
This is so specific. G-d doesn’t emphasize or specify tying them as much as not stealing or respecting your parents, but we still have to study it and understand it like all commandments from G-d. Being a Jew isn’t always about doing the obvious, you have to interpret the commandment. We wear tefillin because the ancient rabbis tell us we should literally and physically tie something on our hand, and wear something on our forehead. It does not say in the bible (commanded by G-d) to wrap leather straps, or wrap it as a box (the leather and box is just interpreted). It only says to tie something. We don’t know what that something is, the rabbis had to interpret what it could mean, and still even after many years ago when the rabbis decided the leather, we still have a debate on wether this is what G-d was trying to tell us to do. If we ate the apple we would know how and why we should wrap our Tefillin. This is not what G-d wants us to do. G-d wants to question what he asks and consult with other people what we should do.
By making these rules specific, more questions arise and debates occur.I truly believe this is why G-d didn’t want us to eat the apple. G-d wants Judaism to be something more than the ordinary, a mystery.
Do you agree or disagree with me? Leave comments below.
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