The midrash of Lilith brings out a lesson; that had
the ego of either male or female not been so great, a more
harmonious relationship from the beginning could have been
established. The story ties in the theme that sex is the
origin of evil, specifically the sex that Lilith represents.
It further emphasizes the idea that God did not create
humans as perfect beings. The world is not a perfect
harmonious place, evil does exist and can be punishable by
God. Furthermore, humans were created to think, to have the
free will to choose their paths in life. Just as Lilith or
Eve, human beings have the free choice to live in goodness
or sin, to use their conscience to choose between right and
1. de Beauvoir, Simone, The Second Sex, New
York: Bantam, 1961.
2. Plaskow, Judith, "The Coming of Lilith".
3. Rappoport, Angelo, The Story of Lilith.
4. Rigney, Barbara, Lilith's Daughters.
March 5, 1997
Intro. to the Old Testament
by Marina D'Angelo