© 2020 by Rabbi Dr. Zvi Aviner



ADULTERY-5/The Primordial Sin



1: The lying serpent


And it said to the woman:

Has not ELoKiM said You shall not eat of any tree of the Garden?” (Genesis 2:25, 3:1)


And the woman said to the Serpent,
we may eat from the fruits of the Trees of the Garden,
but of the fruits of the Tree which is in the midst of the Garden,
ELoKiM has said you shall not eat of it.” (Genesis 3:2-3)


And the Serpent said to the woman,

you shall not surely die, for ELoKiM knows that on the day you eat of it then your eyes shall be opened and you shall be like ELoKiM knowing Good and Evil…” (Genesis 3: 4-5)


The lying Serpent
The cunning Serpent lied to the woman. It said:

1 “Has not ELoKiM said..”  One can’t see it in the English translation, but the Serpent began with “aa-“ expressing a great wonder: How COULD ELoKiM say this to you!”   The Serpent sounded as if ELoKiM had deprived the humans from something good.


2:Has not ELoKiM said…  It was unaware of YHVH.


3. “You shall NOT die…’  The Serpent openly lied. Eating the fruit should incur the death penalty, being thrown out to live on Earth, where she would face the Angel of Death


4 “You shall be like ELoKiM knowing Good and Evil…”  The Serpent failed to appreciate that Evil is a perspective of YHVH rather than of ELKM


5: The Serpent depicted ‘Knowing Evil’ as a REWARD, rather than a BURDEN. The entire idea of Eden was to spare Adam the awareness of Evil.


6: The Serpent twisted ELKM’s intention, as if ELKM feared competition.


7: The Serpent took advantage of the fact that the woman had not heard YHVH ELKM warning by herself.  The Serpent therefore told her not to touch the fruit, so when she did, and nothing happened, she could easily be convinced that ELKM had not told them the truth,


In short, the Serpent accused ELKM for not telling the truth, while ELKM’s nickname is TRUTH



2: Which Commandments they transgressed?



She accepted the lie

“And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food
And that it was a delight to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise,
She took of its fruits and did eat it, and gave also to her husband with her, and he did eat it.” (Genesis 3: 6)

 Sin always comes on gradually. She first looked at the fruit, then ate of it, then enjoyed it. Then she enticed her husband to do the same. Being a Serpent is infectious. A sinner usually entices others to join, to spread the guilt.


What sin did they commit, exactly?

Surely, they violated IDOLATRY by disobeying their FATHER-KING’s Advice and Command.

The Woman, as Adam’s wife, committed ADULTERY while cohabiting alone with the Serpent, regardless whether or not they had sexual relationship.

Tradition adds a balance, saying that Adam too had sexual relationship with the putative, beautiful Lilith – the female counterpart of the Serpent.


Having violated the two Commandments that were relevant to their life in Eden, IDOLATRY AND ADULTERY, they lost their right to stay there. A lesson to us: We too can lose our right to live on Earth, once we’ve violated the entire Seven Commandments of Noah.



3: And their eyes opened, and they saw- what?


The effect of the eating was dramatic:

“And the eyes of both of them were opened
And they knew that they were naked
And they sewed fig leaves together

and made themselves loincloths.” (Genesis 3: 7)

 “And their eyes were opened…” What exactly did they see now? What did they gain? What could they gain by sinning? (many commentaries ask.) They should, rather, have lost something!

But the text says that they gained the “Knowledge of Good and Evil, as the name of the Tree is. And here the selected Hebrew word for “knowledge” – Daat- refers to an intimate, personal experience, in contrast to a theoretical one.  After the eating, they “knew Good and Evil” first hand.

What caused that drastic change? Was it the sin itself? Or was it a magical influence of the fruit?

A good answer is: Since Evil is a perspective seen by the Merciful YHVH’ eyes,

Eating the Fruit made them somehow aware of YHVH and her Values.

But since they were still in Eden, where there was no Death, Sorrow or Calamity,

the Perspective of YHVH that they acquired by the Fruit couldn’t be Death, not yet. So, what was it?

In fact, the text itself says what it was:



 4: why did they cover their nakedness?



“And the eyes of both of them were opened
And they knew that they were naked
And they sewed fig leaves together

And made themselves loincloths.” (Genesis 3: 7)

Their eyes opened, and they covered their nakedness with fig leaves. How meaningful!

Having acquired the prism of YHVH on their eyes, the first thing they did was to cover their nakedness.

That awareness distinguishes us from BEASTS, like the Serpent. BEASTS may become smart, even develop scientific society, yet they would forever be bereaved of the Perception of YHVH and therefore unashamed of their NAKEDNESS.  For YHVH is disgusted with nakedness. It stands against  Her HOLINESS.

How meaningful it is, that in a section devoted for Marriage and  ADULTERY, the Torah introduces a shame of nakedness.

You may say that nakedness implies Sexual PROMISCUITY.


Puberty and Promiscuity and Awareness of YHVH

As we’ve said, puberty is associated with feeling lonely, changing the direction of our libido towards the other sex, and becoming aware of MERCY, COMPASSION, FORGIVNESS and HOLINESS the first time.

 And with the new awareness, Adam and his wife acquired a new level of Sin



5: A new level of Sin


By this events Adam gained a new level of Sin:

Sin is also an act that shames us in YHVH’s eyes, in our MOTHER IN HEAVENS’s eyes.

Sin is something that makes our MOTHER’S disappointed.


Thus, so far Adam and his Wife learned several levels of Sin:

(1) Sin severs our spiritual umbilical cord that connects us to the CREATOR’S lips

(2) Sin is to disregard our FATHER IN HEAVENS advice

(3) Sin is to disobey our KING’s Command

(4) Sin is not right, foolish, with bad consequences

(5) Sin shames us in YHVH’s eyes


Adam learned a lot. Yet there is one more aspect of THVH that he needs to learn before moving to Earth-  YHVH FORGIVENESS. .



Read also: “Genesis Vs. Science, Can They Match?” By Zvi Aviner, at www.smashwords.com