3: 1-14. The serpent’s enticement.
7. This shame awakens the voice of conscience that reminds us we are not meant to be animals.
8. one should never enter another’s home suddenly and unannounced.
9. Consider well how you have fallen from the heights; where is your exalted status?” 12. Adam did not confess. Instead, he hurled against God the very kindness of the gift of Eve, by implying that God was at fault for giving him his wife. [My husband puzzled me of this, “He never thinks he makes a mistake. He can alway turns the table around and blames me.” Now I know how so.]
19. the bodies of outstandingly righteous people that have been exhumed were found not to have decomposed.
22-24. Man’s Expulsion from Eden. By eating the Tree of Knowledge, Man had become, like the Unique One among us, meaning that he had become unique among the terrestrial ones, just as God is unique among the celestial ones, for now Man can discriminate between good and bad, a quality not possessed by cattle and beasts. Because Man has this unique ability to know good and evil, and his desire for sensual gratification had become enhanced, there was a new danger.
24. The cherubim. These were destructive angels, who have the responsibility of preventing man from discovering and re-entering the garden. Cherubim is also used to describe the sacred, angel-like children that were carved from the cover of the Holy Ark; here they are destructive, and there they represent the life-giving powers of the Torah. This alludes to the paramount importance of education. Children can become holy or destructive, depending on how they are reared.