Noahide Seven Commandments Torah classes
© 2016 by Rabbi Zvi Aviner
BLOODSHED-4/Cain’s Children of ELoKiM
”And they took for themselves any woman they so desired”
The first murder was not only the prototype of all murders, but also the beginning of increasing BLOODSHED in the word, culminating with the Flood.
After Cain killing Abel, humanity split into two major camps along the Attributes YHVH and ELKM:
1. Cain’s descendants, so called “Children of ELoKiM” who worshipped ELoKiM yet neglected the Merciful YHVH
2. Sheth’ Descendant, headed by Enosh, who worshipped the Merciful YHVH yet neglected ELoKiM and His Laws.
Both camps ended with terrible BLOODSHED and THEFT, called ‘hams,’ that brought upon them tNoah’s Flood. Moreover, they fought each other to death.
Reading this make us feel again, that the Torah speaks directly to us. Our generation too has split into two major camps along the Attributes: one following MERCY, the other following Allah (Elohim.) And like in Noah’s time, both camps are already guilty of enormous BLOODSHED and THEFT.
And like in Noah’s time, our oceans are rising.
Like in Noah’s time, our glob too is warming.
Like in Noah’s time, our shores too are battered by increasingly more ferocious storms.
Genesis (1: 2 ) says that “the Wind of ELoKiM was hovering over the waters,” which means that EloKiM’s Throne is hovering over the waters, or that He uses Water to execute His harsh Verdicts.
We therefore feel as if Moses is speaking directly to us. More than our predecessors, we are the ones who face another Flood. The question is: are we, Noahides, worthy of saving humanity from extinction? Time will tell. Meanwhile we need to study and ponder about Noah and his generation, and derive our lessons from it.
Let’s start with Cain’s Children of ELoKiM.
1: The Children of ELoKiM
Last class we saw that YHVH pardoned Cain, for a while. He would go into exile for seven generations and then be avenged for having killed Abel. Wicked people like Cain, turn the Merciful YHVH into vengeful. This would happen again with other evil people like the Sodomites and Pharaoh.
Cain first build a city and begot many children. Then he went into exile in “No Man’s Land,” live alone in the woods with only a ferocious dog by his side. He walked naked, with long hair covering his body and a horn protruding from his forehead, scaring animals and people away. The horn was shaped like an H (a sign from YHVH) and a light ray radiated from it, to help him at night (The Hebrew for sign, ot, can be read as a or, Light, or ‘or’, a skin horn). On his back he carried the miraculous dresses that Adam and Eve had given him before he went for exile. These dresses endowed their wearer with the ability to comprehend the animals. It also rendered one the ability to see earth from above. These features helped Cain to survive in the woods, but they would also play a role later in Noah’s life.Some say that Cain lost his mind and was unable to communicate with people anymore. THIS IS THE FATE OF ANY KILLER.
Cain’s children, however, underwent a metamorphosis. They attempted to atone for their forefather sin. Since Cain had killed for the sake of YHVH, they decided to stay away from Her altogether and adhere only to ELoKiM’s Laws with stringency. Hence their nickname: “The Children of ELoKiM.” (Genesis 6: 4)
The Children of ELoKiM’s ways
Walking in the harsh ways of ELoKiM meant that courts sought to implement the Absolute Justice with NO MERCY. They implemented ‘an eye for an eye and a tooth for tooth’ literally.
A Jewish court, AFTER Sinai, would never do that. The Torah was written “in the fingers of ELoKiM,” expressing His Absolute Justice. But the Oral Torah that Moses received at the same time stipulates that the perpetrator should be punished only monetarily. The Jewish judge would say to the perpetrator: To implement Justice I should order your eye to be gouged. This way you would have felt the agony you’ve caused to your victim. But my hands are tied since the Merciful Torah instructs me to punish you monetarily.
Cain’s “Children of ELoKIM” did not say that. They did gouge the perpetrator’s eyes, and knocked out his tooth in retaliation.
Thus they cut off hands of thieves in public for all to see, hang and stoned the adulterers and beheaded criminals with no hesitation and no mercy.
Their self imposed piety rendered them insensitive to human suffering. This would later bring hem to become merciless killers.
Again, how amazing it is that we see the same happening in our own generation, as if the Infamous Children of Cain have come to life!
As if to guard their piety, the Children of EALoKiM retracted from main society to live by themselves near the woods, not far from where their forefather Cain was wondering. That isolation caused them to develop a unique culture. Among the list of Cain’s children you find city builders, architects, genius metal workers, gifted musicians and dancers.
The Torah now focuses on one of their families: of Naama, who would be Noah’s wife, our mother. We need to be familiar with her and her family.
2: Meet the accident prone Lemech
Naama’s father, Lemech, was the seven generation descendant after Cain murdered Abel; when Cain’s protection by YHVH was to expire. Everyone expected Cain to be killed in revenge for Abel’s blood.
Lemech is described as an accident-prone fool, with a small head but with two very strong arms. He stumbled over furniture and people, breaking or hurting them. His half blindness aggravated the bad situation so much that and he became a walking disaster. His name Lemech has become in Yidish ular , a nickname for any accident prone fool who can’t accomplish anything.
Lemech was also arrogant as seen in his words. He speaks about himself in the third tense, as if he was a royalty. Thus he says to his wives:
“Ada and Tzilah, listen to my voice!
The wives of Lemech, hear what I have to say!” (Genesis 4: 23)
Here he calls his wife as “the wives of Lemech,” in the third tense.
So nervous he was about the prospects of someone killing Cain, that he threatened to avenge Cain’s blood not ‘sevenfold’ as YHVH had said, but “Seventy Seven fold” (Genesis 4: 24.) His threat was taken seriously, since he could smash an oxen head in one clap of his mighty hands.
Lemech’s family :
On his wives, the Torah says:
“And Lemech took two wives,
the name of one was Ada,
and the name of the other was Tzila.” (Genesis 4: 19)
Why two wives? Rashi explains: “their custom was to take one wife for bearing children, another wife for sexual pleasure.” In their excessive self imposed piety, the Children of ELoKiM separated bearing children from ‘sexual pleasure.’
Lemech first married Ada (‘ornament’) for bearing children, then married Tzilah (‘shadow’) for sexual pleasure.
Ada gave birth to two sons:
“And Ada gave birth to Yaval.
He was the father of such that dwell in tents, and of such that have cattle.
And the name of his brother was Yuval.
He was the father of all those who play the violin and the harp”
Yaval was the first to raise large herds of cattle outside the towns. He is described as a good but sensitive person, always caring about his honor.
Yuval his brother was such a gifted harp and flute player, that his audiences’ heats opened with emotions flowing out like a stream a (Yuval means a water spring.)
Lemech’s mishap at his wedding
About the send wife, Tzilah, it says:
And Tzilah, she too gave birth to Tubal Cain, the forger of every sharp instrument in brass and iron.
And Tubal Cain was the brother of Naama…” (ibid)
Why does it say that “Tzilah, she too” bore children? For Tzilah was not supposed to bear any children. She was designated for sexual pleasure only. How then did she beget Tubal Cain, then Naama?
Rashi explains: the custom of the Children of ELoKiM was to give, on the wedding night, a poisonous ‘sterilizing cup’ to the wife who was designated for sex. During the night she either perished with severe abdominal pains and vomiting, or survived the poison and remained sterile forever.
But on Tzilah’s wedding night something unexpected happened. In the morning they found Clumsy Lemech twisted on the ground with abdominal pains soaked with his own vomit, while Tzilah was safe and sound and impregnated. Was it another mishap that happened to the accident-prone Lemech? Or was it an intentional mishap perpetrated by the shrewd Tzilah? No one would ever know for sure.
Subsequently, however, Tzilah gave birth to Tubal Cain.. Several years later Tzilah conceived again and gave birth to the twin girls, Naama.
3: Tubal Cain’s Impact
Both Naama and Tubal Cain had a major impact on their generation.
About Tubal Cain. it says that he “forged every sharp instrument in brass and iron”(Genesis 4: 22.)
Still a young man, Tubal Cain discovered a metal alloy so hard that it broke all other metals bars to pieces. Instead of using it for good purposes, Tubal Cain forged with it ‘sharp tools’ of death: Swords, spears, arrow heads and shields. (Noah, years later, used his brother in law’s technology to make the first metal ploughs, as we’ll see.) This new weapon technology made Tubal’s tribe, the Children of ELoHiM, the strongest military on Earth.
Their new power changed the pious Children of ELoKiM: they corrupt. “Tubal Cain’s gangues” roamed the streets unstoppably. They raped, robbed and murdered at will, under the watching sun with no shame or mercy. Note that their crimes were personal, on individuals. There were no WARS yet. (This would change later in Abraham’s lifetime)
‘Tubal’ means ‘spices.’ It was a nickname for a murderer. If his forefather Cain killed by his bare hands, here came his descendant Tubal Cain and put ‘spices’ on Cain’s murderous skills by using metal weapons. Whereas Cain killed one person, Tubal Cain killed thousands by his sharp weapons.
Tubal Cain wasn’t a bad person. He represents the scientists who do not care about moral issues. All they care is about their inventions, paying no attention to how their technology would be used. The Nazi rocket scientists, for instance, could not care less when their rockets fell on London.
The decay of the Children of ELoKiM
The verse also says that:
“The Children of ELoHiM saw Adam’s daughters that they were good (pretty)
so they took for themselves women from whoever they wanted,” (Genesis 6: 2)
Thus the Children of ELoKiM took “the daughters of Adam” as they wished, married or not; thereby violating ADULTERY. Hence:
They violated IDOLATRY by opting for ELKM and neglecting MERCY,
They violated ADULTERY as we’ve just said,
They violated BLOODSHED by Tubal Cain’s sharp weapons, fighting each other
They violated THEFT, MUGGING, ROBBING and ABDUCTIONS under the watching Sun.
Falling from grace
The verse also says that:
“The Nefilim were then in the land….” (Genesis 6:4)
The word ‘Nefilim’ may refer to giant people, a race that is now extinct. ‘Nefil’ is ‘high,’ or a giant. Goliath was a Nefil.
The verse may also refer to a Nefil who fell on the ground- by Tubal Cain’s sword.
The story may be filled as follows: When young Tubal Cain first discovered his strong alloy, he made with it a sharp sword. Holding it in his stretched arm he charged a Nefil, a giant guard at the gate of the Children of ELKM camp. It was lunch time, and the entire camp was dining, with the fierce chieftains Aza and Azael at the head of the table. “Protect yourself!” Tubal Cain shouted at the Nefil guard, who raised his brows. No one had ever charged a giant Nefil with a drawn sword. “Go home to your mother…” the Nefil said, as if Tubal was a annoying bug.
But Tubal Cain insisted: Protect yourself!” he called loudly as ran towards the Nefil. The Nefil raised his shield in defense, but Tubal Cain’s sword smashed it to pieces.
The entire camps stopped eating, and watched.
The surprised Nefil raised his own sword, which Tubal Cain’s sword broke again to pieces.
The bewildered Nefil withdrew back, not comprehending what had happened. Aza then stood up and took Tubal Cain’s sward and examined it. He tired it himself to break several shields, then he smiled and raised the sword to the sky. Seeing this, the entire camp hailed. They knew that they had just entered a new era in their history.
But “Nefilim” can mean that the Children of ELoKiM ‘fell’ from grace; that they decayed. They had begun as a pious clan, trying to atone for their forefather Cain’s murderous act, but Tubal Cain’s weapons made them wealthy and corrupt.
Aza and Azael, therefore, were not “angels who fell from the sky,” as some read the verse, but rather two powerful chieftains who ‘fell from grace.’
How exactly did the fall? For this we need to examine Tubal Cain’s sister, Namma.
4: Naama and her impact
Naama’s mother, the shrewd Tzilah, came from a humble social background. As a young woman she had to struggle for her living. She became a magic dancer, who gained fame among the Children of ELKM clan. She married Clumsy Lemech for his status and economic power.
When she gave birth to the identical twin girls Naama, she noticed how similar they were. Typical to her shrewd character, she wanted to fool everyone. She therefore named the twins with the same name, Naama (Genesis 4: 22.) So identical the twin girls were, that even their father Lemech could not tell them apart. Moreover, Tzilah trained her twins to dress alike and act alike as if they were one girl in a mirror. She also taught them to perform magic dancing. They developed a show where the twins appeared to the audience as a pretty dancing girl, who suddenly splits into two dancing halves on the stage, then re-united to become one dancing girl again. This led the legend of the “Demon Naama” which could fly so fast, that it could be seen in two different sites in space at the same time.
The twin girls Naama grew up to became sexually attractive, magic dancers and drummers. So attractive they were, that young males committed suicide because of them (Zohar, Midrash.) This was another source for the legend of the Demon Naama, who ‘devours males’ heart alive.’
Although the twins had the same name, Naama, their characters differed. One of the twins was sexually corrupt, while the other was not. The corrupt Naama became a ‘priest of sexual perversions’ in their generation. Not only she promoted ADULTERY and HOMESEXUALITY, she also taught people to sexually cohabite with animals (Bestiality.) She also taught animals to sexually cohabit unnaturally with different species (Rashi.)
The good twin Naama somehow married Noah, who came from a different, rival tribe of Shet. Noah and his wife loved their corrupt sister in law. The rabbis said that at the Flood, the corrupt Naama tried to enter Noah’s Ark, but “YHVH closed the door” for her (Genesis 7:16.) She banged on the door, but it remained shut. Noah and his wife Naama tried hard to open it for her, but they could not. YHVH assumed the robes of Judgment against her. Sadly they heard the wicked Naama’s cry, as she was swept away by the rising, gushing waters.
Some say she did not perish by the Flood. She somehow flew over the waters and survived. Hence whoever dreams today a sexual driven dream where he or she sees himself flying over water (As Sigmund Freud said) it is the Demon Naama haunting his mind.
Now we are ready to learn about the rival camp of Enosh’s disciples, who worshipped MERCY yet neglected ELoKiM and his laws.
Read also: "Genesis Vs. Science, Can They Match?" By Zvi Aviner, at www.smashwords.com
END OF BLOODSHED CLASS 4