A dissent from Goldblog reader Jon Ihle on David Wolpe's commentary:
What Wolpe describes as the "essence of being human" are characteristics that we gained from eating of the tree of knowledge. Desire comes after the Fall. His explanation is therefore anachronistic and, ironically, reveals how allegorical the Torah really is: Adam and Eve have to be a representation of who we are "in essence", otherwise the story makes no sense. Yet the story says explicitly that they were some other kind of people, then they ate, then they became like us. A better question: why did God create the Tree knowing how he had created (or would create) Adam and Eve as he did (without knowledge of good and evil and, therefore, desire)? How much do we really learn about His decisions by pondering our own decisions?