Immediately after describing the pronouncement of HKBH's curses upon the
nachash (snake) and Chava and Adam there are two psukim (3:20-21) which
relate that (i) Adam called Chava by the name Chava because she was the
nurturing mother of all life (Chava being related to the Hebrew word for
life-giving) and that (ii) HKBH clothed Adam and Chava in leather garments
He made for them. These psukim appear out of context, especially given the
continuation of the events of Gan Eden immediately following. Rashi and
the other mforshim address this question.
I heard a beautiful explanation from Rabbi Dishon. One can only imagine
the domestic scene in the Adam/Chava household that first fateful erev
Shabbos, late in the day. All had been squandered, all had been lost.
There was someone to blame, there were defenses and counter-blames at the
ready. The tensions might have boiled over. In spite of this, Adam's focus
was on the positive. He looked at Chava and declared that Chava is the
nurturing source of motherhood in this world. He found something nice to
say, he hid the shame that Chava undoubtedly carried and gave himself, and
her, a productive way to view the entirety of their situation within a
larger context. He looked ahead and did not dwell on the past. As a result
of this noble act, and midah-k'neged-midah (measure-for-measure) HKBH
immediately covers Adam's shame of nakedness by providing His Handmade
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