How Can a Serpent Speak and Why did it Seek to Tempt Eve? Rabbi Tovia Singer Responds

How do we understand the serpent in the Garden of Eden? This striking creature was clearly an instrument of deception, but what motivated the serpent to tempt Eve in the first place? Responding to this question during a fascinating Q & A session in Jakarta, Rabbi Tovia Singer explores an often overlooked aspect of the Torah’s Creation narrative.

About The Author
- Rabbi Tovia Singer is well known as the Founder and Director of Outreach Judaism, an international organization dedicated to countering the efforts of fundamentalist Christian groups and cults who specifically target Jews for conversion. As a world renowned public speaker, Rabbi Singer addresses more than 100 audiences a year. Through his stimulating and provocative appearances, Rabbi Singer has been an inspiration to thousands. Lecturing on college campuses and synagogues throughout the country has become an integral part of his work. He is the author of the book Let’s Get Biblical: Why Doesn’t Judaism Accept the Christian Messiah?”, and is a frequent guest on Television and radio shows.


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    Walter Hojsak

    I didn’t agree with everything you said about the serpent. My understanding of God creating the Garden of Eden was to create a controlled environment so that Adam and Eve could run through a series of tests. I don’t think it was His intention that they stay there. I’ll cut this short. God gave them a command regarding the tree of the Knowledge of good and evil, that, if they eat of it, they would die. Part of the test was for them to eat of it, so that they would realize good and evil. God could not tell them that, because it would contradict what He commanded to them. Thus, He empowered a local serpent to tempt them, and the test was successful.