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Rashi Studies (Advanced)

Why does the Torah start with the story of the creation of the world? If it is a text of instruction for Jews, why not just start with the first mitzvah? Rashi explains the deeper message behind the stories of our pre-national history.
When G‑d told Adam that he could eat any herbs and fruit, He was not telling him to keep a vegetarian diet. He was teaching him a lesson in humility.
Although the Talmud says that Adam sinned and was banished from the Garden on the very first day of his existence, Rashi allows that more time may have passed before the Sin of the Tree of Knowledge.
Rashi takes a look at reality, notes that Noach survived the flood and we are still around to read about it, and translates the verse accordingly.
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