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What was the serpent’s plan?

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 ...
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Why didn't Adam ask for forgiveness?

Bereishis Rabbah 22:13 seems to indicate that Adam didn’t know that he had that option: פָּגַע בּוֹ אָדָם הָרִאשׁוֹן אָמַר לוֹ מַה נַּעֲשָׂה בְּדִינְךָ, אָמַר לוֹ עָשִׂיתִי תְּשׁוּבָה ...
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Did Adam have intercourse with animals?

There is disagreement about this among the commentators. Here is a quote from the Artscroll Rashi Chumash Bereishis 2:23 footnote 4: Divrei Dovid...says that this prohibition [to have relations ...
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Why wasn't Adam Harishon given the Torah?

Adam was worthy of having the Torah given through him. Said the Holy One, Blessed is He “ I will give it to him for he is the work of my hands” After he sinned the Holy One, Blessed is He said to him “...
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Where was Adam when Chava cheated with the snake?

Bereishis Rabbah 19:3: וְהֵיכָן הָיָה אָדָם בְּאוֹתָהּ שָׁעָה, אַבָּא בַּר קוֹרְיָיה אָמַר נִתְעַסֵּק בְּדֶרֶךְ אֶרֶץ וְיָשַׁן לוֹ. רַבָּנָן אַמְרֵי נְטָלוֹ הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא וְהֶחֱזִירוֹ ...
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Do any commentators say that Adam was not literally the first human being?

R Israel Lipschitz, the Tiferet Yisrael, author of a classic commentary on the Mishna, wrote in 1842 in his essay Ohr HaChayim, that there were other men before Adam The Kabbalah teaches that in ...
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Dovid got lifespan from Adam and/or the Avos

Yes at first glance they are in conflict. Sefer Yosef Tehilos 42:9 (Chida) reconciles this with the explanation that David did not sleep and this the nights counted towards the 140 years. יומם יצוה ה׳...
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Who is Rabbi Koryah?

Coincidentally, I happened to research this just last summer. There are two sages that can be identified by this name, one a tanna and the other an amorah: The tanna Rabbi Chelbo of Koreya: This sage ...
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Why was Adam Embarrassed

The OP asks, why did Adam hide in fear because of his nakedness even though he had already made clothing (the fig leaves) for themselves? Note that Rav Hirsch and Art Scroll translate this as aprons, ...
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Men's Earth vs. Women's Bone

The Midrash (Bereishis Rabbah 17:8) makes a similar point, but regarding being appeased, rather than when they’re still in conflict. מִפְּנֵי מָה הָאִישׁ נוֹחַ לְהִתְפַּתּוֹת וְאֵין הָאִשָּׁה ...
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Why did Chava give Adam the fruit to eat?

In a comment to the OP's question Fred cites the well-known Rashi (see above). The Bartenura on the Torah expands on this Rashi (text borrowed from Sefaria.org, produced here in full): ותתן גם ...
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What became of Hevel's body?

There are a few Midrashic sources that tell us that the animal kingdom seemed to take care of things: In Pirkei D'Rebbi Eliezer 21 it notes that firstly his sheepdog did 'shmira' over the body, and ...
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Why did the snake only speak to Chava?

Radak says two reasons. 1 - Since Hashem spoke to Adam directly, therefore the snake communicated with Chava. כי לא היתה מצות האל לאשה אע״פ שאדם אמר לאשה מצות האל 2 - Since the snake felt it ...
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Why was Adam Embarrassed

Hizkuni (3:10) Rabbenu Hayyim Paltiel (3:10), Tur (3:10), and Abravanel (Genesis ch. 3) suggest that their loincloths were minimal and they were therefore still embarrassed. Radak (3:8) writes that ...
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Did Adam have intercourse with animals?

The vast majority of classical Jewish sources, including all the Geonim, and most Rishonim, state that the Midrashim (exegetical rabbinic literature) reflect the views of individual rabbis; not the ...
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Did Adam celebrate the first Shabbat in Gan Eden?

Midrash Rabbah Bereshit 11:2 says that G-d let Adam stay in Gan Eden for Shabbat, and only kicked him out after Shabbat was over. Pirkei D'Rebbi Eliezer (chapter 20) says that G-d sent him right ...
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Did Adam celebrate the first Shabbat in Gan Eden?

According to Rabbi Yochanan bar Chanina (Sanhedrin 38b): א"ר יוחנן בר חנינא שתים עשרה שעות הוי היום שעה ראשונה הוצבר עפרו שניה נעשה גולם שלישית נמתחו אבריו רביעית נזרקה בו נשמה חמישית עמד על ...
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Did Adam and Chava have a child before they sinned? Was childbirth not painful before they sinned?

According to Sforno, yes: both pain and other issues on childbirth and pregnancy mentioned in this verse indicates that the exact opposite occurred before their sin. her pregnancy will be exactly the ...
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Why don't humans have the best version of organs?

Humans have the perfect version of organs and systems needed to complete their mission on earth. Each person and their mission. In the rare case where you need an improved version - you're a detective ...
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Dovid got lifespan from Adam and/or the Avos

Rav Daniel Glatstein last night gave a shiur on Hoshana Rabbah (Ushpizin of Dovid HaMelech), and addressed this question. You can watch it here; it starts at 19:45. He brought three explanations: Ohr ...
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Why didn't Adam name the fish and the insects?

Regarding whether or not he named the fish, Rav Saadya Gaon to the verse (viewable here) writes that Adam named the fish along with all the other animals. This is also stated by the Midrash Hasserot ...
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Did Adam and Chava have a child before they sinned? Was childbirth not painful before they sinned?

Sanhedrin 38b contains a chronology of Adam's first day, in which the births of Cain and Abel precede Adam and Eve's sin: Rabbi Yoḥanan bar Ḥanina says: Daytime is twelve hours long, and the day ...
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Who named trees and plants?

Philo (Midrashei Philon 2:19) posits, that Adam also named the entire plant world, along with the mineral world. See also Abarbanel (Breishis) who asks your question: השאלה הי"ז. באמרו וייצר ה' ...
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What's the source for the aggadah about Adam sacrificing a unicorn?

The Gemara in Shabbas 28b brings that Rav Yehuda said that the Ox that Adam offered had one horn. The discussion in the gemara was discussing what group should the Tachash (unicorn- or singled horned ...
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What mitzvos did Adam have in Gan Eden?

Your question already mentions Rambam's Hilchot Melachim 9:1 as a source that Adam had at least six negative commandments idolatry “blessing” (euphemistically) the Name (of G-d) murder illicit sexual ...
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Which sources tell how Eve got to know they could not eat of the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil?

The Kli Yakar on 3:1 writes (courtesy of sefaria): There is a big question in this matter: If the woman added the command of "do not touch" by herself; behold, she knew the truth that God did not ...
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Order of events in parashas Bereishis

What a wonderful and high gain question! The creation of man, meaning Adam HaRishon, was on the morning of the sixth day of the six days of Creation (Bereshit 1:26-31). (The creation of Adam HaRishon ...
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Skin color Adam and Chava

R. Abraham Viterbo deals with this in Ma'amar Chamishi of Sefer Emunat Chachamim (bottom of page 40a). He begins by mentioning the idea that dark skin was a result of Noah's curse to Canaan. In that ...
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Skin color Adam and Chava

We don't know. Racial traits evolved later, hence the premise of the question is called into question: Tiferes Yisrael writes on Sanhedrin 4:5 ומלך מלכי המלכים הקדוש ברוך הוא טבע כל אדם בחותמו של אדם ...
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Walking behind a woman if you can't see her

This question is posed by the Maharsha in Berachos 61A ואפשר שדקדק לומר דהכא משום איסורא לא שייך דמשמע ליה דב' הפרצופין היו כ"א מהם פניו הפך של פנים השני דמש"ה פריך למ"ד פרצוף הי ...
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