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Why wait? Shabbos and the Tree of Knowledge

In Bereishis 1:29 we read: And G-d said, Behold I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, on which is the fruit yielding seed; to you it shall ...
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Do Bereshit 1:27 and Bereshit 2:7 talk about 2 different creations for humans?

Bereshit 1:27 states that mankind was created on the 6th day and that they (mankind) were created male and female, together. But later, in Bereshit 2:7, it states that Adam was created (at some ...
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How did Adam and Chava meet?

וַיְבִאֶהָ אֶל־הָאָדָם׃ and [Hashem] brought her [Chava] to the man [Adam] (Bereshit 2:22) Hashem brought Chava to Adam. I saw in the commentaries that there seems to be a reason to think that "...
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If Leafy Plants/Herbs are Spiritually Inferior Foods, is it Desirable to Choose to Eat Seeds & Fruits instead?

Genesis 1:29: וַיֹּ֣אמֶר אֱלֹהִ֗ים הִנֵּה֩ נָתַ֨תִּי לָכֶ֜ם אֶת־כׇּל־עֵ֣שֶׂב ׀ זֹרֵ֣עַ זֶ֗רַע אֲשֶׁר֙ עַל־פְּנֵ֣י כׇל־הָאָ֔רֶץ וְאֶת־כׇּל־הָעֵ֛ץ אֲשֶׁר־בּ֥וֹ פְרִי־עֵ֖ץ זֹרֵ֣עַ זָ֑רַע לָכֶ֥ם יִֽהְיֶ֖ה ...
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Was it Permissible for Eve to Smell the Forbidden Fruit/Relax in the Shade of its Tree and/or Enjoy a Forbidden-Fruit-Based Shampoo?

The Torah (Genesis 2:16-17) describes God's prohibition of eating the forbidden tree/fruit. In Genesis 3:3 (per Chazal - see Rashi) Eve adds the additional proscription banning touching the tree/fruit....
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how can Adam Harishon be a tanya tsadik?

the Alter Rebbe teaches in the Tanya that the true tzadik does not commit averot (sin) it is explained (in chapter 10 it seems to me) that the beinoni does not commit any avera then a fortiori the ...
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Inconsistent Ohr HaChaim?

In this Ohr HaChaim he says that Noach received the pre sinatic torah from Chanoch (Enoch) who had received it from Adam. From my understanding Noach was born after Chanochs death. This would seem to ...
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Why was Noach born after Adam's death?

Noach was the tenth generation after Adam. The previous nine generations had been born while Adam was still alive. Are there any mefarshim that mention why specifically Noach was the first to be born ...
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Image of God denotes perfection and holiness? Does Murder destroys the likeness of God in the self or the victim?

Is there any commentary which details about the object of the likeness of God? Is the murderer destroys his own perfection (divine likeness) or he is punished for destroying the innocent/perfect ...
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Geographical location of Gan Eden

Do the sources give us the location of Gan Eden in which Adam and Chava lived?
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Rabbi Dovid Tzvi Hoffmann: The tree of knowledge of good and evil and morallity

Rabbi Dovid Tzvi Hoffmann in his commentary to Bereishis 2:7 explains (thanks to AlHaTorah for making this available) that originally, it was the will of Hashem that man was going to learn knowledge ...
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What was the serpent’s plan?

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 ...
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What were the first words spoken by Adam?

What were the first words spoken by Adam? Is there any lesson involved in that?
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Different names for man

What is the difference between the Hebrew words 'adam', 'ish' and 'enosh'? In Genesis, the word adam is used until the woman is brought to him and then he calls her 'Ishah' and refers to himself as '...
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When was Adam restored to favor?

In the Guide for the Perplexed (Part 1, Chapter 7), Rambam quotes the Midrash which states that during the 130 years when Adam was under rebuke, he begat spirits, i.e demons; when, however, he was ...
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Man like God or separate from God

Bereshit 3:22: ויאמר ה' אלקים הן האדם היה כאחד ממנו לדעת טוב ורע Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil" Is this the correct translation? ...
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Is adam the first person [duplicate]

Was adam really the first human created ? I've heard that there were other humanoid or other humans created beside from adam outside of Gan eden.
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If we Jews don’t believe that we do not suffer from the sins of our fathers

I’m going to preface this first by writing a question: The Christians believe that Jesus died for our sins of the world- to which i personally do not believe that at all- the Christians believe that ...
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Why was Adam created age 20? [duplicate]

The Midrash says Adam and Chava were created age 20. Why so? Looking mainly for an answer as to why they weren't made babies and raised like we are (rather than asking what's special about 20?). Happy ...
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What both Hashem and the snake said about death after eating the fruit doesn't seem to match what ended up happening?

Hashem says: וּמֵעֵץ הַדַּעַת טוֹב וָרָע לֹא תֹאכַל מִמֶּנּוּ כִּי בְּיוֹם אֲכׇלְךָ מִמֶּנּוּ מוֹת תָּמוּת׃ but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for on the day ...
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Eitz Chaim; Shaar Rachel v’Leah / Yahel Ohr / Derech Mitzvotecha

Can anyone point me to an English translation of Eitz Chaim - Specifically Shaar Rachel v’Leah, chapter 2 - please? I've come across a reference to it in relation to Adam and Eve's relationship and ...
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Who is Rabbi Koryah?

I have been reading up on Midrash Rabbah Bereshit 19:3 concerning Adam's location whilst Chava is speaking to the snake. When it says that Adam had previously had sex with Chava and was now sleeping, ...
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Why didn't Hashem warn Adam and Chava about the curses?

Simple question, why did He surprise them with curses? Initially He just said they will surely die if they are the fruit. After they do, He then tells them that not only will they die but lots of ...
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Did Adam establish a justice system?

One of the mitzvot given to Adam was to establish laws and courts. Was Adam successful in setting up a working justice system, and if so, do we know any practical details of how it operated and/or for ...
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Talmudic legend about the souls refusing to enter Adam's and Hava's bodies?

Ted Hughes, in the Crow collection, has a poem named A Childish Prank (full text), which is a grotesque narration of Adam's and Hava's creation. In March 1976, at the Adelaide Festival Writers’ Week, ...
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Soul Fruit - what do we know?

Bereshit 2:9: ויצמח יהוה אלהים מן־האדמה כל־עץ נחמד למראה וטוב למאכל ועץ החיים בתוך הגן ועץ הדעת טוב ורע And from the ground Hashem, God, caused to grow every tree that was pleasing to the sight and ...
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Hashem lamenting to Adam after he hid: "you used to delight talking to Me" - Source?

*During learning recently I stumbled across a beautiful passage (most likely a midrash) where Hashem was crying about how He missed is surprised how Adam would delight in talking to Him, but now he is ...
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If they hadn't eaten the fruit

I recall hearing (many years ago) a medrash that said that if Adam and Chava had not eaten of the Eitz Hada'at, and made it to Shabbat, Mashiach would have come. I have been unable to find it. I was ...
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Did any rabbis say that Adam and Eve did not have sexual intercourse in the garden? [closed]

Rashi as well as other rabbis said that Adam and Eve had intercourse in the garden. However, did any rabbis say that they did not have intercourse before they sinned?
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Looking for medrash regarding briyas ha'adam

I've heard referenced a medrash that says at the time of brias ha'adam, the melachim were so taken aback by adam that they thought maybe it was a type of deity, or that they should be worshiping him ...
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Did (and if so, how) Cain's descendants survive the Flood?

In Genesis 15:19, God lists the Kenites among the peoples inhabiting the Promised Land. From this point on, they appear in: Numbers 24:21-22 (here prophesied against by Balaam), Judges 1:16 (as ...
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In the wake of the banishment from Eden, Adam and Eve start their family

In the wake of the banishment from Eden, Adam and Eve start their family: וְהָאָדָם יָדַע אֶת־חַוָּה אִשְׁתּוֹ וַתַּהַר וַתֵּלֶד אֶת־קַיִן וַתֹּאמֶר קָנִיתִי אִישׁ אֶת־יהוה׃ Bereshit 4:1 "And ...
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How could Adam HaRishon have contained all the souls that would ever be inside of him, including evil, even before the sin?

I recall a concept from the teachings of the Arizal and elsewhere that before eating of the tree of knowledge, Adam HaRishon contained all the souls that would ever exist within him, but the good and ...
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Would Adam rebel against God?

I heard that if Adam was left alone, without a wife, he would eventually rebel against God. Is that correct?
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Why did Adam attribute himself to dirt rather than God's soul?

"And you, [God said], what is your name? [Adam] said to him: It would be right to be called Adam, since I was created from the dirt (adamah)." Bereishit_Rabbah.17.4 It would be logical that ...
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Why didn't Adam name fish and insects? [duplicate]

When Adam named animals, the Torah mentions three categories: cattle, wild animals, and birds: "וַיִּקְרָא הָאָדָם שֵׁמוֹת לְכָל־הַבְּהֵמָה וּלְעוֹף הַשָּׁמַיִם וּלְכֹל חַיַּת הַשָּׂדֶה..." ...
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Was Man Created Alone?

I am looking for a source which I (thought I) came across once regarding creation of man. From what I remember it said that man was actually created in multiple places. Or rather more than one man was ...
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Who discovered Sexual intercourse [closed]

Who discovered sexual intercourse . How did Adam HaRishon know how to procreate with Chava. Did G-d tell him and then it was passed down?
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What Rabbinic interpretations of the Garden of Eden narrative treat "the serpent" as more the protagonist, instead of the antagonist?

Most interpretations of the Garden narrative treat Adam and Even as protagonists, and the serpent as the antagonist. I am interested here in interpretations that flip some roles. As one example, I ...
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Why don't humans have the best version of organs?

Scientifically speaking, a better version of an organ could be found in many animals (besides the human brain, maybe). IIRC, octopuses have better eyes, birds have a more efficient cardiovascular ...
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Forgiveness of Adam's sin

Why do we suffer for the sin not committed by us, is it not contrary to Ezekiel 18? Can we ask for this sin to be forgiven? and how do we repent from something we have no access to?
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Why did God plan to create both "בְּצַלְמֵנוּ כִּדְמוּתֵנוּ" but only created "בְּצֶלֶם"?

"וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים נַעֲשֶׂה אָדָם בְּצַלְמֵנוּ כִּדְמוּתֵנוּ..." "וַיִּבְרָא אֱלֹהִים אֶת־הָאָדָם בְּצַלְמוֹ בְּצֶלֶם אֱלֹהִים בָּרָא אֹתוֹ...׃" "And God said, “Let us make ...
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Why didn’t the sages sense a problem with "in God's image"?

The Talmud (Megillah.9b and Tractate_Sefer_Torah.1.9) lists the 13 places/verses that felt problematic in the translation into Greek. "י״ג דברים שינו בה: אלהים ברא בראשית. אעשה אדם בצלם ודמות ...
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Created in the Divine Image

The Torah tells us that Adam was created in the divine image (Gen 1.26-27; 5; 9.6). If the divinity had a body, then we would suppose this means that Adam was created as the divinity's Doppelgänger, ...
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Walking behind a woman if you can't see her

The gemara in עירובין יח has a very interesting discussion, it wants to know according to the מ"ד that אדם and חוה were created together back-to-back שני פרצופים, who walked first (i.e. which ...
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My father is better than your father

Posting for someone else: The Talmud (Sanhedrin 37a) writes that one reason that Adam was created alone was "so that one person will not say to another: My father, i.e., progenitor, is greater ...
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How are humans that were formed "from dust" different from animals that were formed "from earth"?

"וַיִּיצֶר ה"א אֶת־הָאָדָם עָפָר מִן־הָאֲדָמָה" Genesis.2.7 "וַיִּצֶר ה"א מִן־הָאֲדָמָה כָּל־חַיַּת הַשָּׂדֶה..." ibid. 19 So according to Rashi and others, Adam was ...
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Why "God formed Adam dust" and not "from dust"?

"וַיִּיצֶר ה"א אֶת־הָאָדָם עָפָר מִן־הָאֲדָמָה" Genesis.2.7 Literally, the verse reads "God formed Adam dust from the earth", like if "dust" was an adjective. ...
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Why are gentiles forbidden from keeping Shabbat if Adam and Even are considered to have lit the first Havdalah candles?

Judaism forbids gentiles from keeping Shabbat. It's one of the activities which is unique to Jews and their relationship to Hashem. To contrast this, we have the Noahide laws which were given to the ...
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Has anyone ever eaten from the Tree of Life?

Obviously, the Tree of Knowledge was eaten from by Adam and Chava, but is there any evidence or sources that discuss the Tree of Life?
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