The Earth - Despite popular belief man did not commit the first sin. Given his record he would be a good suspect but he has an air tight alibi. He had not yet been created.
G-d said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, herbage yielding seed, fruit trees yielding fruit each after it’s own kind”. The trees brought forth fruit but their wood was inedible, not of the same kind. The Earth reasoned that if the bark tasted like the fruit then people would uproot the trees. This reasoning was incorrect, not based on Torah. Because of this many of the trees lost their fruit and the Earth would latter be cursed.
By way of a kal vachomer (one of the 13 methods of expounding the Torah) the various herbage reasoned that if the trees that normally grow apart were specificity instructed to grow each after it’s own kind, each spices separately, that this should also applied to them. They were correct these are the laws of kilayim, “you shall not plant your fields with mixed seed”. The vegetation and herbage did not fully grow until the sixth day when man prayed for them and it rained. “Blessed is He, desires the prayers of the righteous”.
- Beraishis (Genesis) 1:11 [«]
- Midrash Beraishis Rabba [«]
- Chullin 60a [«]
- Chullin 60a, Rashi [«]
- Vayikra (Leviticus) 19:19 [«]
- Chullin 60b [«]
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