Midrash of the Angel of Birth

Submitted by Shai Gluskin on May 25, 2006 9:23 PM

There is a midrash that says that a child in the uterus is like the wisest sage, knowing all the Torah there ever was to know. But as the child is delivered into this world, an angel comes and touches the upper lip (causing that dimple just under our nose) and the child forgets everything.

It is then up to the child and the community to live a life dedicated toward relearning that wisdom.