According to Rashi, the serpent desired Eve and his plan was that Adam eat from the tree and die so that he can have her [Rashi Genesis 3:1, Bereishis Rabbah 18:6]. If that was his plan, why would he cause her to eat from the tree first? Obviously, if he thought Adam would die from eating, Eve would too.

  • I’ve actually heard that his plan was to be with Adam, so he wanted Eve to die by eating from the tree and then he could be with adam Commented Oct 17, 2023 at 17:31
  • @CuriousYid I heard that from R Tovia Singer. It was jealous that Adam didn't find a mate among the animals, given that it could talk. Would love to find a source for that.
    – Rabbi Kaii
    Commented Oct 17, 2023 at 17:57
  • @RabbiKaii There are sources showing that the animals talked. And we have a verse from scripture showing Adam was naming the animals and there was a possibility he would choose a mate from them. Not enough sources for you?
    – Aaron
    Commented Oct 17, 2023 at 20:10
  • @RabbiKaii heard that in his shiur too lol Commented Oct 17, 2023 at 20:23
  • @Aaron indeed it really doesn't take a big leap to read that jealousy between the lines
    – Rabbi Kaii
    Commented Oct 17, 2023 at 20:40

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The מהר"ל (גור אריה ג-טו) asks your question and he suggests that the snake thought that Chava, as a good wife, would offer the fruit to her husband first. The serpent expected him to die straight away, after which she would refrain from eating! כי עשית זאת - ...ואם תאמר אחר שנתכוון לישא את חוה, הרי אם תאכל תמות? ויש לומר שחשב שדרך נשים לכבד בעליהן, ותתן לו קודם ולא תמות, כי תראה מיתת בעלה מיד ולא תאכל עוד.

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    This is amazing. The Torah is so vast in knowledge Commented Oct 18, 2023 at 3:44

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