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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 Bananas were the 'forbidden fruit'?

Jewish commenters do not believe the banana to be the Forbidden Fruit, yet mention of it is made: In the Middle Ages, the notion that the Forbidden Fruit is the banana appeared in several places. ...
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Is the story of Gan Eden Literally true?

Ralbag writes that the serpent is allegorical but Adam and Eve are real. His proof is that it would be very improper to say that a creature originally had the faculty of speech, but was then given a ...
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Seven Sons equals Gan Eden?

Rav Ahron Leib Shteiman in Sifsei Aiyel pg.63 was once asked this question and he laughed and said there is no such thing and there is no source. He added in a joking fashion "go ask the minister of ...
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Were there insects in the garden of eden?

According to Rashi (see Beresihis 3:17), the land/ground began to produce flies, fleas and ants only after Adam and Eve sinned, therefore insects didn't existed prior to that.
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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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Gan Eden vs. Olam Haba

Your understanding seems to follow, for the most part, the position of the Ramban as laid out in Sha'ar HaGemul, in the section on reward and Gan Eden. Here is a rough summary, although seeing these ...
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Were there insects in the garden of eden?

The gemora chullin 60 a states that everything was created in its full form. "יב"ל כל מעשה בראשית בקומתן נבראו בדעתן נבראו בצביונם נבראו שנאמר (בראשית ב, א) ויכולו השמים והארץ וכל צבאם אל ...
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Gan Eden has gates and keepers?

According to Genesis 2:15, Man was placed in the Garden to take care of it, so he was apparently its first keeper. Later, after Adam and Chavah are kicked out of the Garden, guards were placed at the ...
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Bereishis 2:15 - Inconsistent Gender of "Gan" and "le'Avdah u'leShamrah"?

The statement in the Zohar in question, is the following passage in Tikkunei Zohar: תיקוני זוהר תקונא עשרין וחד ועשרין דף סב עמוד א ויניחהו בגן עדן לעבדה ולשמרה לעבדה בפקודין דעשה ולשמרה ...
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Do Any Commentators Say Bananas were the 'forbidden fruit'?

Apple is not a Jewish opinion. The Talmud, Sanhedrin 70a--b discusses a few options, including grapes, figs, and wheat. The Tosfos commentary there points out that the description of a tree would ...
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Why do fish die?

@Yishai in a comment posted a link to an answer to this question, but it's been a long time and he hasn't made it an answer, so I'm summarizing the answer myself. In Otzar HaYediyos, by Rav Yechiel ...
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Why do fish die?

(Recognizing the origins and purposes of midrashim are imperative when attempting to utilize them for p'shat or to gain insight into 'the real world'.) Rashi on this verse is merely quoting the ...
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Rav Albo's Sefer HaIkkarim-Maamar 4.30.10

The translation you are quoting from by Prof. Isaac Husik is replete with footnotes providing citations and explanations. Unfortunately, the version on Sefaria that you appear to be using does not ...
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How did Adam and Eve sin before they ate from the Tree of Knowledge?

A footnote on that Ramban (appearing in the ArtScroll Ramban al Hatorah) says: At first glance, Ramban seems to be asserting tht man had no free choice (the capability to decide between doing what is ...
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How did Adam and Eve sin before they ate from the Tree of Knowledge?

TL;DR: They did have the choice between truth and falsehood. And if you get that wrong, you can end up choosing evil thinking you're choosing good. The concept of choice between right and wrong seems ...
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Moral Culpability in the Garden

Rabbi David Fohrman goes into the concept of what they knew before and what they "knew" after in his series Serpents of Desire: Good and Evil in the Garden of Eden.. Rabbi Fohrman takes the approach ...
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How does the tree of life work?

This is addressed by R. Isaiah of Trani (the Elder) in his commentary to Genesis 3:22. ותימה וכי עד עתה לא אכל מעץ החיים והלא הרשה אותו מכל עץ הגן אכול תאכל יש לומר עץ החיים היא רפואה לעץ הדעת ...
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Why do fish die?

It seems from this Medrash that the fish were all destined to go into the mouth of the leviathan and not live forever from the time of the 6 days of creation, even before Adam sinned by eating the ...
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Did The Snake In The Garden Of Eden Have Free Will?

According to the Zohar (Beraishis 35b), the snake in the garden was Satan (aka the Yetzer Harah) who is one of the angels. This angel's mission is to be an opposing force to humankind which gives ...
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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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Is the story of Gan Eden Literally true?

R. Azariah de Rossi quotes Philo's allegorical explanation of the Garden of Eden, and severely castigates him for denying the literal truth of the story: Meohr Einayim, Imrei Binah 1:5 The third ...
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Is there a connection between the serpent in Eden and the brass serpent in the wilderness?

See Rashi, Numbers 21:6 (citing earlier Midrashim): Let the snake, which was smitten for speaking evil [to Eve], come and punish those who spread slander [about the manna]. Let the snake, for which ...
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Were there any animal in Eden?

This question and its premise makes me slightly uncomfortable. The sugya referred to appears both in Berachot 34a and in Sanhedrin 99a. The Rambam, prompted by the corpus of fantastical midrashim in ...
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Soul Fruit - what do we know?

Great question! I found a Yalkut Shimoni 20:15. Here is the link: https://www.sefaria.org/Yalkut_Shimoni_on_Torah.20.15?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=he It needs to be read in context, but I found ...
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To say Kaddish if known the person has gone to Gan Eden

Given that we say kaddish on the yahrtzeit even though the neshama is assumed to be in Gan Eden, we should say kaddish for the first 11 months in any case. We would be saying kaddish so that the ...
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To say Kaddish if known the person has gone to Gan Eden

First and foremost we do not rely on dreams since many times they are nonsensical. In fact ,the Noda B'Yehuda writes in Yoreh Deah Tinyana siman 30 he notes that dreams are not reliable and writes " ...
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Why should we be punished for Adam's sin?

I think a simple answer would be that for Adam that tasted the good life in Gan Eden it was a real downgrade and can be considered a punishment, but for us, that know no other way of living - it's ...
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