Who Committed the First Sin?
Question submitted to “Ask the Rabbi” by:
“We have been discussing the first sin. The English version of the Torah states that Eve gave to Adam who was with her in Genesis 3. Was Adam present with Eve during the conversation between Eve and the Snake (Satan).”
Rabbi Tully Bryks responds:
Adam was not present during the conversation between Eve and the snake. Once she had eaten from the tree, she brought the fruit to Adam to eat as well. In terms understanding the meaning of, “She gave it to her husband who was with her,” some of the commentaries explain that the Torah is conveying that Adam was “with her” in guilt. He shared the blame and the consequences for committing the first sin.
For more information about the first sin, please see my article on Adam and Eve.
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