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Noah and the Vineyard
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So if this was idea - one, two, three - if we called this idea number three, and then we called this idea number four and we even gave it a different color, so we go down here and we say, okay, woman gets a new name, now she's called Chava, this is at the very end of the story after the sin where she gets a new name. So we can call that idea - one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight - we'll call that idea eight. Then we get to the idea - the next idea that nakedness is shameful, they're embarrassed, they're scared that they're naked and now they need clothes. That's the next element, that's another element, that's element nine, that should be a different thing, that should come right down here. We should put that in yellow and if we did, then the problem of course is that this breaks the chiasm. Because what we're calling element three and element four is getting paralleled with element eight and element nine, or to be more precise about it, we would get rid of element eight and nine and we would call this 3' and 4'. But of course in any chiasm it should go, 3, 4 and then 4, 3. It shouldn't go again 3 and 4, that breaks the mirror image aspect of the chiasm.
So this is the problem over here. What's the solution to the problem? The solution is what kind of I've just suggested, which is that elements which seem to be so different, which are 3 and 4, what the Torah seems to be saying is, that's very connected to this idea of whether or not they need clothes, whether or not nakedness is okay in their eyes or not, which seems to have nothing to do with each other. But the Torah seems to be indicating that no, this is the new CD so to speak, where this is the new C as it were.
To give you another view of it, to go to the actual words of the text, here are elements 3 and 4 and 3' and 4', and then you can see it right here in the text. Lezot yikareh isha ki mei'ish lukchah zot. He names her Isha, that's her first name, because she's taken from man. Then the next element over here; Va'yihiyu sheneihem arumim ha'adam v'ishto v'loh yitboshashu - man and his wife were both naked and they weren't ashamed. That's the idea of the nakedness which we've been calling element 4, they don't require clothes because they're not ashamed. Then right over here; Vayikra ha'adam shem ishto Chava - the very end of the story, man calls the name of his wife Chava because she is the mother of all living flesh. Right after that; Vaya'as Hashem Elokim l'adam ul'ishto cotnot or vayalbishem - G-d makes them clothes because even though originally nakedness doesn't require clothes, now nakedness does require clothes. That's element 4'.
But the problem of course is, is that it should have gone the other way. So what's the Torah telling you by keeping them together? 3, 4 over here and 3, 4 here, instead of following the pattern of the rest of the chiasm, which switching this would be 4, 3. The answer seems to be the Torah is saying, is that these things are one idea. These are subcategories. This is the outlining feature. It's almost as if we could view this - I'm going to call it the new C - we can call it sort of Roman Numeral III, the third element of the chiasm. But there's an A and there's a B, and these are the subcategories. This is Roman Numeral III', and there's an A and B and these are subcategories. These ideas are considered so closely together that they're virtually the same idea.
Now what we have to figure out is why is that true? That's something which I want you to think about. Why is this true? I think there's something very deep going on here. What connection could there possibly be? The Torah seems to be insisting - if we're right in this theory - that there is a very deep connection between the names that man gives woman and whether or not people need clothes and whether or not they're embarrassed about nakedness. But what - you can't imagine two more different ideas than this. How does the naming of woman in any way connect to whether or not you would need clothes for nakedness? Why should those be the same idea, just two little subcategories within this main idea 3?
That's what we need to figure out, what are your thoughts on that? Come back and I'll tell you mine.
1. The Generations of Heaven and Earth
2. Before the Rain and After the Flood
3. Splitting the Garden
4. Generations of What?
5. Of Rivers and Nations
6. The Vineyard, Introduced
7. God Begins; Noah Begins
8. The Vineyard and the Garden
9. Conflict of Interest
10. Two Hands at the Piano
11. What Cham Did
12. Why Cham Did It
13. The Vineyard's Center
14. What You Know Might Hurt You
15. Why the Drunk Walks the Line
16. The Big Picture
17. Chiasm in the Garden?
18. Chiasm in the Garden II
19. The Center of the Garden
20. The Mysteries of Imperfect Chiasms
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