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Adam
G-d said, “Let us make man with our image and likeness…
G-d created man with His image. In the image of G-d,
He created him, male and female He created them.”
(Genesis 1:26-27)
One of the more fascinating subjects Kabbalah deals with, is the way it explains the Creation of Adam and Eve on the 6th day of the Creation of the world. In fact, many of the Biblical stories about Adam and Eve happened on the same day they were created. In this section, we'll enjoy learning the Kabbalistic explanations to the stories of Genesis about Adam and Eve. The words of wisdom presented here are taken from the book 'Discovering Jewish Mysticism' By Rabbi Nissan David Dubov from London, with the permission of the author. rabbi@dubov.org

Making man in G-d’s image

Maimonides states in his third principle of faith that G-d does not have a body and physical concepts do not apply to Him. There is nothing whatsoever that resembles Him at all. What then is the meaning of the words, “Let us make man with our image?" Of which “image" does the scripture speak?

G-d speaks (?)

“And G-d said: Let there be light" (Genesis 1:3).
G-d has no physical mouth or vocal cords. What is the meaning of the words “And G-d said"?  Kabbalah explains that contraction of infinite Light and power and its channeling into finite Vessels is comparable to the speech process.

Adam named the animals

“G-d had formed every wild beast and every bird of heaven out of the ground. He brought them to man to see what he would name each one. Whatever the man called each living thing would remain its name" (Genesis 2:19).
Why did G-d ask Adam to name the animals? Shouldn’t their names be decided by consensus?

The soul and body of Adam

“G-d formed man out of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils a breath of life. Man thus became a living creature" (Genesis 2:7).

The mistakes of Adam and Enosh

It is beyond the scope of this work to explain kabbalistically why Adam ate the forbidden fruit; however the following observation will be made: Before eating the forbidden fruit evil was external, enclothed within the Tree of Knowledge and the snake. Upon eating the forbidden fruit man internalized the struggle to determine between good and evil.



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