“Then Adam called his wife Chava, for she was the mother of all life.” (Genesis 3:20)
She was the other side of the image of G-d. For G-d is not just a boundless light, beyond all things. G-d is something that is here now, within all things, giving them life, being whatever they are being. In her source above, she is “the Shechina” — the Divine Presence That Dwells Within.
This is what drove the earthly Chavah to eat the fruit: this yearning to be within, to experience the taste of life, to be immersed in it. With this she transgressed — she carried herself from the realm of the Divine into a world where all that is real is the here and now, where there is no vantage point from which to discern good from evil, no light to discern the fruit from its husk. And she took with herself the Shechina and she imprisoned Her as well, so that havoc ensued throughout the cosmos.
But the desire behind her transgression was the holy yen of the Shechina to permeate all. And in the end, she will succeed, and life within will also be G-dly.
As long as the drama of this universe remains incomplete, the Shechina is silent, she does not sing. We see the world She vitalizes, but we do not hear her voice within it. In all people’s minds, She plays a secondary role — for her husband conquers and subdues, while she, they say, only provides life and nurture. Such is the mindset of an immature world.
There is a time-yet-to-come, when the secret of the Inner Light will be revealed. Then the Mother of Life will sing loud without bound.
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