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Rav Hirsch and many other meforshim point out that in order for Adam to learn to appreciate Chave he had to first understand that he was unique and different from all the animals. Then when Hashem created Chava by splitting him apart. Other reasons also apply. And God created man in His image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He ...


The Torah clearly explains why Chava chose this name for her oldest kid: וְהָאָדָם יָדַע אֶת חַוָּה אִשְׁתּוֹ וַתַּהַר וַתֵּלֶד אֶת קַיִן וַתֹּאמֶר קָנִיתִי אִישׁ אֶת ה' ‏ "Chaya gave birth and called him Cain; [Hebrew for] I have created [Konithi] a person with Gcd". Why would you think it's plausible that Chava named him something else? What ...


…that Qayin derived from the 1st millenium BC South Arabic word Qyn, and that Cain is not a name old enough in Bible times of the 2nd millenium. Is it plausible that this is in fact a correct approach? No, it's implausible, as Cain lived well before that and even the Torah that mentions him was given us before that.


The commentary Ohr Hachaim on Breishit 3:17 states that Eve did speak to Adam, whose mistake was that he didn't check and ask his wife which tree the fruit came from, but simply just listened to his wife when she told him to eat the "forbidden fruit". Keep in mind that in the Torah, the term "listen" doesn't necessarily imply that there was a conversation ...


If I may post an answer to a similar question, there are different approaches within Jewish tradition as to the identity of the biblical serpent. (The first three here are quoted by the Ibn Ezra) It could be that the snake in the story is not literally a snake, but a metaphor for the Satan, or some similar evil force. This is the approach taken by r. ...


First let me briefly address your use of "Satan". Another religion has an idea of "Satan" as being an evil godlike being or angel, one who is locked in a struggle with God between good and evil. That idea is not really part of Judaism. There is a role of "the satan", which might not always be filled by the same entity, but this is a servant of God, just ...


in principle yes, as the verse you quoted says. But God has foresight and knows how to plan things so that it never happens. It's kind of like playing chess with a chess grandmaster. Although, you have free will, he can nevertheless force you into any situation he wants. How much more so for God who knows ahead of time what you will think and do, that He ...


Wikipedia states: Traditionally, the favoured derivation of the name "Eden" was from the Akkadian edinnu, derived from a Sumerian word meaning "plain" or "steppe". Eden is now believed to be more closely related to an Aramaic root word meaning "fruitful, well-watered." The Hebrew term is translated "pleasure" in Sarah's secret saying in Genesis ...


Your quote is what Eve responded to the serpent which was not accurate. She added the touch and softened the punishment. Hashem said in 2:17 "on the day that you eat of it you will surely die" which did come true since "a thousand years is but a day" and they died within that "day". Thus, what Hashem said came true. See Rav Hirsch on 3:2-3.


People were vegetarians before the flood; the change is noted in Gen 9. But food isn't the only use for sheep. Hevel probably kept sheep for wool, since after the expulsion from the garden (Gen 3:23) people needed to clothe themselves. (God made clothes for Adam and Chava (3:21), but it doesn't say he continued to do so for everyone else.) Additionally, ...


Shepherds move herds. They help raise animals (which provide milk and wool, especially the sheep). There is nothing in the job description of a shepherd that requires killing animals.


Rabbi Akiva Tatz has a speech about this in which he explains the concept in depth. His speech can be found at http://www.simpletoremember.com/media/a/the974generations-of-souls/

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