HaShem’s question, “Where are you?!”
HaShem called to Adam, ‘Ayeka’ – Where are you?
Why is that?! Didn’t HaShem, who sees everything know exactly where Adam was?!
Rashi explains, that HaShem knew, but it was just a nice way to start a conversation with Adam, instead of immediately accusing him of doing something wrong. This was the perfect way to give Adam a chance to think a bit and admit his guilt.
That’s the simple explanation, but our wise Rabbis revealed to us some other underlying secret messages. Let’s see if you get this one:
- HaShem was really telling him, “How could you, Adam, have stooped so low, from being the most important one in Gan Eden to being exiled from it? And now what has become of you? You are nothing more than a lowly creature who would obey a snake rather than Me; the Creator of the entire world! ‘Ayeka’ – Where are you…What’s become of you?!”
- Here’s another explanation:
With some vowel switching, the word ‘Ayeka’ can also be read ‘Aicha’, which is a cry of sadness and mourning. (Aicha is the book we read on the saddest day of the year – Tisha B’Av.) It was as if HaShem Himself was crying because Adam had a great downfall in Gan Eden.