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How can a person of flesh and blood follow God? ...God, from the very beginning of creation, was occupied before all else with planting, as it is written, "And first of all, the Eternal God planted a Garden of Eden." Therefore, occupy yourselves first and foremost with planting.


Leviticus Rabbah 25:3 (fifth-seventh centuries)


Note: For those interested, Leviticus Rabbah is a series of "midrash" or sermons by an unknown interpreter of the book of Leviticus.



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