By Rabbi Yisroel Fine, October 15, 2009
At the dawn of history, Adam in paradise is unable to resist one restriction, the tree of knowledge.
Yonatan ben Uziel comments that Adam hid, not because of his nakedness, but from fear and shame of his sin. But Adam had the courage to stay put and admit his guilt. He never fled from the garden: he had to be thrown out.
A generation later, the picture changes. Parents who compromise the word of God, and think that they can live in paradise on their own terms, stand aghast as they see their family torn apart, with brother killing brother.