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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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How was Eve "flesh of my flesh"?

It wasn't necessarily a rib. The Talmud (Berachos 61a) presents two opinions: one is that Eve was created as a fully-formed human, with she and Adam attached back-to-back, and then G-d separated them; ...
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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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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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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 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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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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How was Eve "flesh of my flesh"?

The Shadal on the verse reads עצם מעצמי ובשר מבשרי: זאת היא דומה לי וצורת עצמותיה כצורת עצמי ומראה בשרה כמראה בשרי, והנה היא עצם ממין עצמי ובשר ממין בשרי (תלמידי יוסף ירא), ואח"כ שפט כי ממנו לוקחה, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What became of Hevel's body?

The answer is in Midrash Tanchuma, Bereshit 10:2: After Cain slew Abel, the body lay outstretched upon the earth, since Cain did not know how to dispose of it. Thereupon, the Holy One, blessed be He, ...
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Did Adam and Chava have a child before they sinned? Was childbirth not painful before they sinned?

The Sefer HaYovelot (or Yovelim) is the oldest existing Midrash/perush on the Chumash (that we have today), and it dates back to the times of the Hashmonaim. It states that Adam and Hava had ...
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How long did Chava (Eve) live?

Both Yalkut Reuveni, Parshas Chayei Sara and Zohar 3:164a doesn't mention how long Chava lived, but says that she died before Adam and he was the one who buried her.
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Why add pain and travail to the birthing process?

An interesting explanation is that according to R. Yosef Bechor Shor, it seems like the punishment was not that the birthing process was made painful, but instead that the birthing process was added, ...
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Why add pain and travail to the birthing process?

Rav Hirsch translates Bereishis 3:16 אֶל־הָֽאִשָּׁ֣ה אָמַ֗ר הַרְבָּ֤ה אַרְבֶּה֙ עִצְּבוֹנֵ֣ךְ וְהֵֽרֹנֵ֔ךְ בְּעֶ֖צֶב תֵּֽלְדִ֣י בָנִ֑ים וְאֶל־אִישֵׁךְ֙ תְּשׁ֣וּקָתֵ֔ךְ וְה֖וּא יִמְשָׁל־בָּֽךְ: ...
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The snake slept with Chavah?

There are two possible issues here: 1) Did Chava commit adultery against Adam by having relations with the snake? 2) Did Chava commit bestiality by having relations with the snake? Now of course ...
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In the wake of the banishment from Eden, Adam and Eve start their family

In addition to the answer from @Dov, there are other mefarshim that discusses this. Rashi cites the Gemara in Niddah 31a that says that there are three partners in the creation of a person: The Sages ...
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Why was Adam created age 20?

The Gemara in Rosh Hashanah (11a) says that all what was formed during the Creation, was formed in their fullest stature (as linked in my comment). The Tosfos however, provides a fascinating piece of ...
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If we Jews don’t believe that we do not suffer from the sins of our fathers

The title of this question actually hints to this major problem: Judaism does believe that mankind CAN suffer FROM, or as a result of, another persons mistake, but CANNOT suffer FOR them. Therefore: ...
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Why did the snake only speak to Chava?

According to Rashi to Bereishis 3:15, the serpent only spoke to Chava because was its intention to kill Adam assuming that Chava would give the fruit to him first and (after this) marry her: ואיבה ...
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Would Adam and Eve have lived forever if they didn't eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil?

Yes according to some. The Stone edition of the Chumash reads, "Since Adam lived to the age of 930, it was clear that he was not to die as soon as he ate the fruit. Rather, he would become subject to ...
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Adam and Chava’s Punishment

The punishments are definitely corrective: As I see it, the biggest problem is that Adam cedes responsibility for his one mitzvah to his wife, and even denies responsibility after the fact. He is ...
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Why do English translations use the name "Eve" rather than "Chava"?

From here: "The Septuagint renders חַוָּה as Ζωή (Zo-ay or Zoe -- literally meaning "life" חיּה ). But the name became Ἕυα (Evah or Eve) in other Greek translations. The Tyndale uses ...
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Why are gentiles forbidden from keeping Shabbat if Adam and Even are considered to have lit the first Havdalah candles?

We light a fire in havdalla to commemerate Adam making the first fire on motzai Shabbos. It's not mentioned anywhere that Adam lit a fire for the mitzva of havdalla. The Rosh on Torah says that on ...
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Did any rabbis say that Adam and Eve did not have sexual intercourse in the garden?

In general, Torah views intimacy between husband and wife as holy of holies, unlike the general teachings of Christianity which view them as sinful and a necessary evil. In light of that, there are a ...
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Why was Adam created age 20?

They were the first people and would not have had parents to raise them and babies cannot raise themselves
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