Vayikra: Chapter 45

Lilit who was first with Adam


Rabbi Shimon says that when God made man He created him whole, male and female, and the female was included within the male. Then he talks about Lilit, who was Adam's first wife and who lives in a hole in the great abyss. At first Adam's body was created without a spirit, and God had to prevent thousands of spirits of the left side from entering his body. Until Eve appeared, Lilit was always with Adam. When he received a living soul, Eve was stuck by his side, and then God separated them. When Lilit saw this, she fled, but she is still capable of harming people. Rabbi Shimon says that she is the destruction of the world, and the only protection against her for one joining with his wife is for him to devote himself to holiness.