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Off The Pulpit: Current NewsletterRabbi David Wolpe   "Learn and Live"
by Rabbi David Wolpe

 
Readers of the Gilgamesh epic are often struck by its similarity to the Bible story. There is a man created from earth who loses paradise, who accepts food from a woman, who is clothed after nakedness, a massive flood, a perfidious snake and much more. Gilgamesh tells of a quest for immortality, and in that quest we see an important distinction. 
 
In the Bible, Adam and Eve do not lose the Garden of Eden because they seek eternal life, but rather because they seek knowledge. It is the hunger to understand that encourages them to reach toward the Divine. There were two trees in Eden, the tree of life and the tree of knowledge. The Torah teaches that humanity reached first for the tree of knowledge. 
 
The desire to know stretches our influence beyond earthly limitations. What we pass on to others outlives us. Legacy is a truer test of immortality than the accumulation of years. Everyone benefits from those who devoted themselves to the tree of knowledge. Their existence is ensured by the thread of knowing winding through this life even after they are gone. Don't only live and learn — also learn, and live.

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The World’s Most Humble Man
The Angel’s Blessing
Knowing What’s Best
Returning Home
November 2008
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Fleeing From God
A Childhood Snapshot
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Why Faith Matters
Come Back Soon
Judging People by Potential
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Don’t Cry Out Loud
The Indispensable Community
Beast and Human
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Anguish and Art
Who Needs a Messiah?
Safe in Hebrew
Cellphones and Torah
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Tied to One Another
Both Sides Now
Children of the Wilderness
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Titanic Difference
I'm So Proud of Me
Fads and Forever
Abundance and Limitations
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In Need of Mazel?
Passover and Parenting
Screens and Solitude
Stop — For God's Sake
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Sinning Every Day?
The Testimony of Children
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Starting out in the Evening
What You See and What You Hear
Come with Us for Israel’s Sake
Good Fortune
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Double Vision
If I Were a Rich Man
Getting Your Facts Straight
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