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Derech Hashem 1:3:8 writes אמנם על ידי חטאו – נוספו ונתרבו חסרונות בעצמו של אדם ובבריאה כלה Through [Adam's] sin, he added and increased deficiency in himself and in the entirety of creation Adam's sin did not just affect himself - it had cosmic impact on the entire nature of creation. If his action impacted the entire creation, it seems it was ...


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Rash"i that you cited talks only about Cain. Hevel was born another time, that possibly was after the sin (see Tosafot Sanhedrin 38:2) When Chava gave the fruit to Adam she also gave it to the animals. Bereshit 3:6. ותיתן גם לאישה רש"י: גם - לרבות בהמה וחיה Translation: and gave also to her husband Rash"i: "also" - to include animals ...


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If you read the quoted pasuk carefully, you'll see that it isn't actually teaching that man has free will as if that were something that the Torah needs to teach. It's merely saying that, given that man has the freedom to choose, I'm telling you that the decisions that you make are ones of life and death, blessing and curse - so choose the path of life! The ...



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