THE Talmud says, quoting Rav:
“Adam, the first man, reached from one end of the world to the other. . . . When he sinned, Hashem placed His hand on him and shrank him. . . . “ What is this? Poetry? Metaphor?
What does it mean, on any level? This Talmudic statement is actually paired with another one, equally enigmatic, in the name of R. Elazar: “Adam, the first man, reached from the earth to the heavens. . . . When he sinned, G-d placed his hands on him and shrank him. . . . ”