320. "He was a mighty hunter before Hashem; therefore, it is said, 'even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before Hashem'" (Beresheet 10:9). Come and behold: Nimrod was a brave man, who wore the garments of Adam and knew how to hunt. ALL LIVING BEINGS SURRENDERED TO HIM BECAUSE OF THOSE GARMENTS, THOSE "COATS OF SKIN," AS THE VERSE READS: "TO ADAM ALSO AND TO HIS WIFE DID HASHEM ELOHIM MAKE COATS OF SKIN, AND CLOTHED THEM" (BERESHEET 3:21).
321. Rabbi Elazar said that Nimrod used to entice people into idol worshipping. He used the power of those garments to rule all other people. He proclaimed himself ELOHIM, the ruler of the world, so all other people served him. But why was he called Nimrod? Because he rebelled (Heb. marad) against the High King of above, against the power of SUPERNAL HOLINESS, and also against the lower beings, THE PEOPLE OF THIS WORLD.
322. By the power of these garments, he was able to rule over all mankind. He rebelled against THEM AND his Master by saying that he was the ruler of the world, THAT IS, HE DECLARED HIMSELF ELOHIM. He seduced people into following him, leaving the service of the Master of the universe, and serving him. Rabbi Shimon said that the friends knew a great secret about these garments.