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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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Fastened to Flesh and Bone
Good Work
On Not Being a Blockhead
November 2010
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Not Optimistic But Very Hopeful
The Knife and the Scalpel
October 2010
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The Knife and the Scalpel
Acts of Love
Laughter
Back To Stone?
September 2010
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Life Giving Contradictions
Thinking About Death?
A High Holiday Story
The Watchtower
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The Drive-By Sin
Why the Land of Israel?
I Am Honest
July 2010
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Be Dissatisfied
The Neverending Story
Guarding The Dream
Deep Questions
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Transformational Teaching
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Wisdom is Easy.  Change is Hard.
Israel's Real Story
When NoOne is Watching
Slower is Better
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The Top of the Tell
What You Get to Choose
Fixing Politics
Stand Up Straight
March 2010
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What to Pray For
The Shape of Human Hearts
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Animal Rights and Wrongs
Laughter Lasts Longer
Wearing the Mask of Truth
Their Stories Are Ours As Well
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Yearning To Learn
Going It Alone
Condemning Others
Loving Far, Too
 
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