The Footstool

Divine Footstool

talmudAdam HaRishon was destined to be “Adam Hadom” the “Resting place” (footstool) of the Shekhinah. Therefore, the true designation of “Adam” is to be the agent whereby the Shekhinah has entrance into the present world. This is of special interest in the weeks of comfort and strengthening.

While it sounds strange for man (Adam) to be a “footstool” the true meaning being purported is that he is to be the support for the Divine Presence – Shekhinah in the world.

Unlike the other animals of the “earth” (adamah) man (Adam) emerged from the “earth” as a lifeless form. It was the Divine Breath (Oral Torah), which when breathed into him animated his being making him a “speaking” soul full of life, imagination and intelligence, which he was able to articulate. While the earth plays a significant part in man’s creation, it seeks to dominate his whole being. R. Moshe Eisemann tells us that the title “earth” (adamah) was an honorary title given to the earth because it contributed to Adam – Man’s being.[1] 

Therefore, the pinnacle of the earth’s productivity was to generate “Adam” in creative harmony with G-d. However, the adamah of Adam’s essence, being from the “earth” became his greatest challenge. Man – Adam is only” Adam” when he conquers his lower adamic[2] nature bringing it into subjection. Therefore, the title of “Adam” for Yisrael demonstrates its greatest challenge and the challenge for all humanity in that they are to set about conquering their adamic — earthly nature.

In this sense Yeshua as “Ben Adam,” is like Yechezkel in that both of them were faithfully obedient to their adamic mission. The mission of Yisrael – Adam was to produce fruit from the Divine Breath, which when breathed into him animated his being making him a “speaking” soul full of life, imagination and intelligence. Rather than simply eating from the fruit of the “Tree of Life” he was to reproduce this fruit in his conduct.

Having established that the term Ben Adam is a reference to Yeshua as a Prophet, we need to look more deeply into what this really means.

[1] Eisemann, R. M. (2007). The Book of Ezekiel, A New Translation with Commentary . Brooklyn, New York: Mesorah Publications, Ltd. Introduction xxxiv

[2] Ibid Intro – pg. xxxiii

BS”D (B’Siyata D’Shamaya)‎