“Where are you?” God’s question to Adam and Eve in Eden is directed to all of us too. Like the first humans in Genesis, we have all at some point tried to hide ourselves from the presence of the Lord. 

The rabbinic tradition has much commentary on God’s question to Adam that is particularly relevant today, when the hustle and bustle of our consumerist way of life has been slowed due to COVID-19 restrictions and shutdowns, and we are compelled to consider what our “hideouts” look like. Because of the fall, we tend to avoid this question, inventing all sorts of diversions from it. Restless consumerism is one of them.

Lest we miss the chance, it would be wise, now, to step back and ponder God’s question to Adam: “Where are you?” 

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