Adam was created alone to teach you that whoever takes a human life is considered to have destroyed an entire world. And whoever saves a human life is considered as if he preserved an entire world (Sanhedrin 4.5).

How else could Adam have been created other than alone? What’s the alternative?


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Sanhedrin 37a explains (excerpt from Sefaria):

Therefore, Adam the first man was created alone, to teach you that with regard to anyone who destroys one soul from the Jewish people, i.e., kills one Jew, the verse ascribes him blame as if he destroyed an entire world, as Adam was one person, from whom the population of an entire world came forth.

Or, another perspective - all the other creatures were created as species or groups. E.g. numerous birds, fowl, fish, etc. were created simultaneously. But just one man was created.


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