Many Christians, and even non-Christians, are so familiar with the story of Adam and Eve that we have lost sight of how fantastical it is: forbidden fruit, talking snake, magical tree.
Rabbi David Fohrman believes that the key to understanding this story and others like it is in God's enigmatic speech to Cain. In this speech, God tells of humanity's potential for evil as a "beast that crouches by the door." Yet the beast is not a fearsome enemy. Cain is encouraged to maintain a relationship with the beast, even as he is cautioned to be aware of its power.
What is the beast and how do we relate to it? Rabbi Fohrman explains the answer in The Beast that Crouches a the Door.
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