Photo Credit: courtesy, Sivan Rahav Meir
Sivan Rahav Meir

Delayed gratification. It’s one of humanity’s greatest challenges. Rav Ayal Vered writes that Adam’s primary sin was lack of patience – the inability to restrain himself from eating from the Tree of Knowledge.

What’s the solution?

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Countering our tendency to be impatient, to eat the fruit “right now,” the Torah commands us in this week’s parshah to wait three years from the time we plant a tree to partake of its fruit:

“When you shall come to the land and plant any fruit tree…for three years it shall be forbidden to you; it shall not be eaten.”

These three years are meant to atone for Adam’s sin – the sin of impatience. And even someone who isn’t a farmer and doesn’t grow fruit trees can extract meaning from this mitzvah and integrate its message into his daily life.

Each time we choose to be patient – whether waiting for a tree to grow, waiting for an answer that should have arrived by now, waiting for a traffic jam to end, waiting for our turn to come in the line at the supermarket, or waiting for a friend who moves slower than us – we help repair something in creation, stemming from Adam, that needs to be fixed.

In so doing, we take another step towards rectification of the world.

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Sivan Rahav-Meir, a ba’alas teshuvah, is one of the most popular media personalities in Israel. She is a Channel 2 News anchor, a columnist for Yediot Aharonot, and the host of a weekly radio show on Galei Tzahal. Every day she shares short Torah thoughts to over 100,000 Israelis – both observant and not – via Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp.
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