Jun 26th, 2011 by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Holidays
“So God, the Lord, banished him from the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:23).” How? Dod God push Adam out of the Garden? Did He lift him up and place him outside, just as He originally placed him inside the Garden?

“And having driven out the man, He stationed at the east of the Garden of Eden the Cherubim and the flame of the ever-turning sword, to guard the way to the Tree of Life (Verse 24).” A path appeared, “The way to the Tree of Life,” a path that connected the Garden to the world outside. The Garden was no longer secured by boundaries. The “walls” came down, and Adam left.

The walls of Jerusalem fell on the 17th of Tamuz. The secure world of Jerusalem was opened. Israel was banished just as Adam was banished from the Garden.

They, unlike Adam, fought to remain, but it was no longer their Garden. They were fighting for just another place.

What if Adam stopped on his way out and decided to battle the Cherubim and the sword to recapture his place, “This is what I want!” Perhaps the story would have ended differently.

What if Israel left the Jerusalem without walls, paused, turned around and said, “This is what we want!” Perhaps the story would have ended differently.

We are approaching the 17th of Tamuz. Perhaps we should ask ourselves what we would have done in Adam’s situation. Are we prepared to turn back, face Jerusalem and say, “This is what we want!”

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