Naso: Be Smart and Apologize!

May 13, 2021

G-d warned Adam that he would die if he ate from the Tree of Knowledge. Yet he lived to the ripe old age of 930! What happened? And how was it connected to the Tabernacle in the desert?

Part 1: The Silver Bowl

This week’s Torah portion tells us about the offerings of the Tribe leaders during the inauguration of the Tabernacle, and Rashi explains how each offering represented a significant event in Jewish history (source 1).

However, the Rebbe asks, one offering seems out of place: the silver bowl representing Adam’s 930-year lifespan. What exactly was its message?

Part 2: Adam’s Regret

Going back to the story of Adam’s life, we read about the Sin of the Tree of Knowledge (source 2).

The Rebbe points out that although he was warned that he would die on the day he ate from the tree, he lived a long life. What changed? We see from the events that followed that Adam demonstrated regret. He was granted long life in merit of his teshuva.

Part 3: The Message

This story teaches us about the immense power of repentance.



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