angel came to me and told me that all the great questions are short
There is, after all, not much dialogue in the Torah, and questions come only from dialogue
how could it be that such a God had to ask Adam where he wa
How are we to understand that God, the all-knowing, said to Adam: ‘Where are you?’
Where are you in your world?
The High Holy Days are the season of ayeka, the time when we are asked by God together and alone to admit for good and ill where we are, to render a spiritual accounting not of our careers but our compassion, not of our wealth but our wisdom, not of our gains but our gifts, not of our physical fitness but of the fitness of our souls.
That question and our answer are meant to puncture the hidings, evasions, and self-deceptions that blind us both to the ways we have made progress and also to the ways we have fallen short
Our lesson to be learned is the same lesson learned by Adam and Eve: hiding does not work .
I have made bad choices as a result of my own free will.
Adam seems incapable of accepting responsibility for his actions.
At the heart of Adam’s self-deception as well as our national addiction to the cult of victimhood is the simple inability to feel shame.
Shame is the healthy response to sin that leads to repentance, reconciliation, and change.
Shame leads us back to God after we have strayed from God and God’s law.
They were, however, different in two critical respects: they were strongly connected to communities that had straightforward and unsophisticated understandings of right and wrong,
and they had a powerful sense of moral agency and shame.
The deep truth of the moral life is that alone we are lost.
He had no one except his wife before whom he could feel shame and she was as implicated in the sin as he.
Because it was just Adam and Eve, a snake, and a few monkeys in the garden, it was inevitable that they would lose Paradise, because in truth the garden was not Paradise, it was just like a very pretty and very private back yard.
For each of them shame was not an obstacle but an engine for their greatness.
Because the tzadik cannot sin, the tzadik cannot do teshuvah (repentance), but we can.
God will not ask me, ‘Why were you not Abraham, or why were you not Moses?’ God will ask me, ‘Why were you not Zusia?’ And I will not know what to say.”
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