I heard that if Adam was left alone, without a wife, he would eventually rebel against God. Is that correct?

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    Do you remember where you heard this?
    – robev
    Jul 26, 2022 at 20:11
  • No, unfortunately I do not. Jul 26, 2022 at 20:18
  • On the contrary, his wife is what directly caused him to rebel against G-d.
    – N.T.
    Jul 27, 2022 at 5:57
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    @N.T. I disagree, notice Bereshit 3:6 at the moment she wants eat from the forbidden fruits, she takes the fruit and gives it to Adam, and he also ate. Never blame something on the other for they both new it was explicitly forbidden by G-d. I even think it was Adam who told Chava about the prohibition, because she added the words (which can’t be found in Bereshit 2:17) that the tree couldn’t be touched or else they would die. So with Adam actually being the one who received the command, he should have withhold Chava from eating. I actually think he is the one to blame the most..
    – Levi
    Aug 31, 2022 at 13:29
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    @MarsSojourner Do you remember sources? I heard similar in a shiur from Rabbi Manis Friedman that Hashem wanted Adam and Eve to eat it, and they discussed it before hand and said "Hashem wants us to do this" and thats why they did it. He didn't explain how that fits with them hiding afterward, and blaming others for the decision to do it. Someone commented that it was a Gemara but then they deleted their comment. I'm also interested in understanding, if Hashem wanted them to do it,then does that now make the serpent the "good guy" for telling Eve to do it?He convinced her to do Hashem's will? Dec 29, 2022 at 5:47

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This answer is possibly rooted in Kabbalah/Chassidus. When Hashem said "It's not good for man to be alone", what is "it"? It is the plan of creation, which is to make the world Godly and for God and His people to become one.

Man's job is to fix the world, but the goal of that is to bring God down to the world forever. However, without a woman, man would end up rebelling from his task. He will end up saying "you know, the world's fine as it is, and I can always come up with little problems to fix to satisfy my energy of fixing" and give up on the long term goal of bringing Moshiach. Women reminds him of that.

A mashal is given, where a group of scientists get together to plan a mission to go explore another star. This kind of mission will take many millenia to see through, so they have to send a whole community, a generational starship. They discuss the issues of the cleanliness, and morale. The issues of wear and tear and degredation. Then one scientist brings up a really big problem. He says "what about the great great grandchildren of the original crew, when they wake up one day and say 'who said we are heading for a star? Has anyone actually seen earth?'. The control room they are not allowed to go into, because only the high priest is allowed to go there, they say 'enough of this, anyone can go in'.... The scientists hit the nail on the head about this same issue we are discussing. How are we supposed to guarantee they won't just say "forget the process, things are fine the way they are, let's make the best of it...".

Women were made to help man with this, i.e. not forget his task. Not only would she not fall for the above logic and therefore never let man give up on the task, but her very being, which is one of completed Godliness, acts as a reminder to man of what the goal is and a template for when the goal has been achieved or not.

I wrote more about this in this answer, which quotes the shiur I based it on although the general sources for this are over many lectures from various contemporary Rabbonim, quoted there.


R' A Miller points out that by Hashem creating a World, Adam was going to get kicked out of Gan Eden with or without this Chet.


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