And their Eyes were Opened
Hashem cares for all our needs, but He asks us not to eat from just one tree:
'Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat of it; for in the day that you eat from it, you shall surely die.'
But when we allow ourselves to gaze at things we shouldn’t, the lie becomes overwhelming, as the Pasuk says:“And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat…”
Once we’ve allowed the lust into us, we begin to feel that there are great treasures to be found in the object of our lust and it becomes irresistible to us.
But when we actually peel away all the boundaries looking for that illusive “treasure” we seek, and we give in, we suddenly “wake up” to the reality that it is nothing remarkable at all. It is nothing but flesh and blood, bacteria filled filth. As the Pasuk says afterwards: “And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked.”
As soon as we’ve fallen, we realize that we were like blind men before. Suddenly we can see the truth! And that truth shows us that not only did we not GAIN anything from it, we feel even more naked than before.
And then we desperately try to cover our “nakedness” with the same fruit again, but this time it doesn’t taste as good as before. It tastes more like the “leaves” of the tree and not the fruit itself… As the Pasuk says: “and they sewed fig-leaves together, and made themselves girdles.” (And Rabbi Nechemia says that it was figs that they ate).
So Chevra, let’s not fall for the lies of the Nachash and the seductive beauty of the forbidden fruits! Let us all strengthen our FAITH that only G-d – Who created all the wonderful trees and fruit of the garden of Eden, Who created all beauty, love, desire and good— only HE can provide us with what we really are seeking deep down.
And He has much, much better in store for us.