Thursday, October 27, 2016

Thursday's Parsha Tidbits - Parshas Bereishis

The following is a brief summary of some of thoughts said over by R' Frand on the parsha this evening. I have attempted to reproduce these vorts to the best of my ability. Any perceived inconsistency is the result of my efforts to transcribe the shiur and should not be attributed to R' Frand.

R' Frand's first vort involved the sequence of pesukim in Bereishis 3:1-21, in which after the snake convinces Chava to eat from the tree and she gave to Adam to eat, Hashem comes to Adam and Adam blames Chava, stating that it was her fault. Rashi on Bereishis 3:11 states that by blaming Chava, Adam was kafar bitov - he rejected something good done for him.

Immediately thereafter, Hashem curses all men, all women and the snake with individual curses which have stayed with us for 5777 years. After this, Adam calls Chava by her name (rather than generic - Isha) in Bereishis 3:20. Immediately thereafter, Hashem gives Adam and Chava special clothes (Kasnos Or). The medrash states that these clothes lasted so long that he was able to pass them to Shes and then Noach and then Malki Tzedek and then to the Avos.

Why after Hashem cursed Adam and Chava did He give them these incredible clothes?

R' Frand quoted R' Shmuel Roskhin (sp?) who explained that Hashem first got angry with Adam for being a kafoi tov and therefore Hashem kicked him out of Gan Eden, telling him I don't want to have anything to do with you. Adam realized the error of his ways and took a step to recognize the good that he had by naming her Chava. Once Hashem saw that Adam did teshuva, Hashem gave them the special clothes.

R' Frand's second vort dealt with the story of Kayin and Hevel. In Bereishis 4:11 Hashem takes issue with Kayin's murder, but He punishes him for covering up the body. This is difficult to understand because it seemingly skips over the murder and goes to the cover up. R' Frand remarked that this was akin to the Watergate saga. The crime was breaking into the DNC but the larger problem was the cover up. This was the first cover up - Kayin could have said that this was a crime of passion - I could not stop myself. But by covering up the body and attempting to deny it existed, Kayin made things that much worse and Hashem took him to task.

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