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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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Genesis 3:21, are there different opinion about the "skins" in that verse according to Judaism?

The Midrash (Bereishis Rabbah 20:12) explains the difference of opinions on what "skin" refers to. The Midrash says: These are the garments of Adam the first man, that were similar to the ...
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When did kayin kill hevel?

Bereishit Rabbah 22 writes that Hevel was no more than fifty days old at his death: רַבִּי אֱלִיעֶזֶר וְרַבִּי יְהוֹשֻׁעַ. רַבִּי אֱלִיעֶזֶר אָמַר בְּתִשְׁרֵי נִבְרָא הָעוֹלָם. רַבִּי יְהוֹשֻׁעַ ...
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Translating Genesis 1:1 "בְּרֵאשִׁ֖ית" to "in the beginning"

The King James translation "In the beginning God created" is inaccurate. בְּרֵאשִׁ֖ית is actually in construct form where the definite article is left out. The Schocken Bible has a better ...
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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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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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What's with the small heh in Bereshit 2:4?

There are several explanations: A good starting point is Rashi who mentions two answers: (i) The verse teaches you that all of them (i.e. the productions of heaven and earth) were created on the first ...
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What's with the small heh in Bereshit 2:4?

First of all, there are many letters in The Scriptures, which, according to tradition are mandatory either written smaller, or larger than the surrounding text. For each one there are explanations ...
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משנה תענית ד ג - was דילוג necessary on days 3 and on?

The phrase וכן כולם means that all the days follow the same format, i.e. one person reads the smaller parsha, and two people read the longer parsha. And if the longer parsha only contains five verses, ...
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Why wait? Shabbos and the Tree of Knowledge

One is not supposed to eat or drink on Friday more than other days of the week. After the 9th hour one should not eat any meal (S"A O"H 249:2). Adam was commanded not to eat from the ninth ...
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Rabbi Dovid Tzvi Hoffmann: The tree of knowledge of good and evil and morallity

I think Rabbi Hoffman answers the closing questions. Firstly, He created free will for the sake of both paths (not sure if I misunderstood you). This solves the problem. Path 1 What Hashem wanted: ...
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Textual parallel between Eve and Cain, why?

There are many mefarshim that answer this question. They mainly stem from the Medrash that notes that there exists only four תשוקות ("urges"), two of them being the ones you mentioned. ...
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Bereishis and plant growth - why didn't the "אד" help?

So, my Rebbi from Yeshivas Bais Yisroel, HaRav Moshe Lehrfeld shlita answered as follows: The Gemara in Taanis tells us on the Posuk: "ולעבדו בכל לבבכם" And serve him with all you heart (...
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Bereishis and plant growth - why didn't the "אד" help?

I just heard a nice dvar Torah related to this: The point is, Gd wanted Adam to pray for the grass. But first, what grass was he praying for? Do you think Adam was “spawned” into Gan Eden and it was a ...
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Why was Adam created age 20?

The midrash says Cayin and hevel were also born as 20 years olds. The whole concept of babies and child raising was a punishment for the eitz hadaas. Before that all people were created complete.
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Why was Adam created age 20?

According to the Yedei Moshe on the Midrash it served a practical purpose in that the Heavenly Beis Din can only punish a person from the age of 20 onwards (i.e. בר עונשין) This opinion is shared by ...
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What's the simple meaning, per Rashi, of the "upper waters", and where are they?

The atmosphere between earth and outer space is considered to be heaven as seen in Rashi to Genesis 1:6. Outer space is also considered to be heaven as seen in Genesis 1:14. That there are “aish and ...
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Genesis 6.4: Nephilim, Gibborim and Benei ha’Elohim

Grammatically, it's a somewhat challenging passuk. However, the challenging part centers around the phrase אֲשֶׁר יָבֹאוּ, a third of the way through. The beginning is pretty straightforward: "...
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Why do fish die?

Some commentators suggest based on the Ran in Shabbos (108a) that even the fish were sentenced to die when the Nachash cohabited with Chava after the sin of the eitz hadaas. A spiritual impurity ...
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What exactly was Adam and Chava's sin?

The type of sin of Adam and Chava is still a sin to this day. Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi explains in Likutei Amarim regarding permissible food that at the moment one indulges in a desire simply to ...
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