Eve: A Helpmate by Your Side by Rabbi Allen S. Maller

[On most Saturdays I try to post something humorous or light-hearted.   On October 22, 2011 I posted two possibly funny jokes about Adam and Eve. Rabbi Allen S. Maller sent the following story.  It ended up in the comments under “Using this blog.” I want to share it with all readers.

Eve: A Helpmate by Your Side is a good story with a timeless message.  Leave comments below and/or visit his site and let him know what you think.]

Adam was all alone.
He didn’t have parents and he didn’t have children.
He did not even have a brother or a sister to talk to.
Adam was all alone. He didn’t even have a friend to play games with.
Adam was lonely, and he was unhappy.

God said to Adam,
“It is not good for you to be alone.
But now you are free to do whatever you want to do.
When you are alone you don’t have to share things with others.
You don’t have to stop talking and just listen when someone else needs to talk to you.
You don’t have to help when others need help.
You don’t have to care about how someone else feels.
If you had a sister or a brother or a good friend,
you would have to do all these things and many more.”

“I don’t like being lonely” said Adam,
“I have lots of things for fun and games
but I get bored with them after a while.
I have several pet animals, but
even having animals is not good enough for me.
I still feel lonely and all alone.
I need someone who is like me
but at the same time is different.
I need a partner.
Someone to stand by my side and be my best friend.
I need someone I can take care of, and who will care for me.”

“I know just what you need.” said God,
“What you need is a help mate.
A person with a different personality,
who can grow together with you in love,
and help you become a mensch.
I am going to form her right out of your side,
so she will stand side by side with you
as your equal partner, your help mate.
The two of you will be like one pair of hands.
You know, one hand cannot wash itself.
But two hands can always wash each other.
You will have to be responsible for and to each other.
You will no longer be independent.
You will not be free to do whatever you want anymore.
You will have to think about another person’s feelings.
You will have to think less about your self and  more about another.
I will give you a blessing to help you become a couple.”

God looked down and saw that Adam had fallen into a deep sleep.
God hoped that when Adam awoke he would remember all that God had told him.
Even if Adam and all his descendants didn’t always become
the loving responsible help mates that God wanted them to be,
God thought they would be become better by trying.
And those who were fully responsible partners and help mates
would become God’s blessing for each other.

After 39 years as Rabbi of Temple Akiba in Culver City Calif. Allen Maller retired in 2006. He is the editor of a series of High Holy Days prayer books; the author of a book on Jewish mysticism, “God, Sex and Kabbalah”; and the husband since 1966 of Judy Coopersmith. Visit his website for more information.

Rabbi Maller’s web site is http://www.rabbimaller.com/

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About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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