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Eden

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Rabbi Yoel Lieberman

Cheshvan 6, 5780
Question
thank you. Where is the exact location from the holy writings of Eden? Does it have other meanings? How many levels of meanings does it have (metaphorical)?
Answer
ב"ה Shalom The Torah (Bereshit 2: 8-10) gives a geographical description of 4 rivers parting from Eden. This seems to indicate a geographical location though we cannot see it. The Ramban, ( Nachamnides) in his writings Sha'ar Hagemul, points out that the issue of Gan Eden is twofold. There is the actual physical existence of such a place on the one and there is a deep symbolic meaning on the other hand. All the best
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