When apologising for the sin, Adam tells Hashem that he's actually going to sin more? That doesn't sound so appropriate to an apology What was he really saying?

January 28 1986, is a day which will live on in the memories for any American alive at the time. The Space Shuttle “Challenger,” was the fulfillment of America’s hopes and dreams for the future of space travel. Yet, 73 seconds into flight, with millions of people watching live, the space shuttle exploded mid-air.

The cost of the “Challenger” was close to ten billion dollars. Each part of this incredibly intricate machine cost millions of dollars. As a result of this disaster, President Regan commissioned the Rogers Report to determine the cause of the explosion. What they found was startling. The reason for the space shuttle’s destruction was due to an O-Ring. This small piece was probably the least expensive thing in the entire spacecraft: a rubber ring that can be purchased for less than a dollar. Due to the temperature of the day, it failed to regain its shape after launch which in turn caused a breach in the booster, which allowed pressurized gas to reach the other booster. This, in turn, led to an adjustment in the joint connected to the fuel tank, which caused the other booster to damage the other tank. The affect of everything being thrown out of line caused a major breakup in the aerodynamic system, which then broke up the orbiter, causing a ball of fire to swallow the entire spaceship.

We see from this example that although everything else in the system was in perfect condition and worth millions of dollars, when even the smallest things go wrong, it can create a chain effect which will lead to much worse things happening, eventually destroying everything.

The Mishna in Pirkei Avos says a similar principle: “sin causes sin.”[1] This means that one who performs a sin, even if it was a relatively minor transgression is now at a lower level. At this lower level, he is now more likely to sin. In fact, the Medrash tells us that even if someone sins unintentionally, unless they raise their level through sincere teshuva, they are more prone to sin; and they will eventually come to sin on purpose![2]

 



[1] Avos, 4:2.

[2] Medrash Tanchuma, Parashas Vayikra, 6.

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