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A dissent from Goldblog reader Jon Ihle on David Wolpe's commentary:

 What Wolpe describes as the "essence of being human" are characteristics that we gained from eating of the tree of knowledge. Desire comes after the Fall. His explanation is therefore anachronistic and, ironically, reveals how allegorical the Torah really is: Adam and Eve have to be a representation of who we are "in essence", otherwise the story makes no sense. Yet the story says explicitly that they were some other kind of people, then they ate, then they became like us. A better question: why did God create the Tree knowing how he had created (or would create) Adam and Eve as he did (without knowledge of good and evil and, therefore, desire)? How much do we really learn about His decisions by pondering our own decisions?

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Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. He was previouslly a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

Goldberg's book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. He received the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism and the 2005 Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism.

In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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