GrowTorah Core Value: Stewarding the Earth
Lesson Title: Domination or Conservation?
In Parshat Bereishit God creates the world in 6 days, culminating in Shabbat, the seventh day and day of rest. Adam and Eve are the first humans and live in the garden of Eden until they eat from the Tree of Life, per the snake's suggestion. They are banished from Eden.
What does it mean to "fill the earth and master it"? Is there more than one way to read this verse?
- master of something vs mastering a skill
- having responsibility towards the earth
What does this verse seem to imply about our God-given role in the world?
- taking care/responsibility for the earth
How are we fulfilling this blessing in our own gardens?
- planting, nurturing, weeding...
How is the language used in the description of Adam in the context of the Garden of Eden different from God's blessing to Man in the earlier verse?
- till and tend as opposed to master and fill, what connotations does each verb have?
Which of these verses from Genesis more closely relates to our own activities in the garden and why?
- what is our ideal relationship with the garden?
"When the flower blooms" in our own gardens, how are we emulating Adam's experience in the Garden of Eden?
- pride in creating, becoming part of the process...
Living the Lesson: From the Garden to the Globe
How can our garden lessons and activities be applied to better care for the plants and creatures outside our gardens, in order to fulfill God's command to Adam in the Garden of Eden?
- how to be a responsible master/caretaker of plants/animals
- what is our responsibility as tillers/tenders of the natural world?