by Rabbi David Pinto Shlita
It is written “Hashem made for Adam and his wife garments of skin, and He clothed them” [Bereishit 3:21]
Why did G-d choose garments of skin to clothe Adam and his wife?
The author of Tzafnat Pa’aneach offers us a subtle explanation: When Adam discovered that he was naked and needed to be clothed, he was in a situation that required him to recite the Shecheyanu blessing, for he would be wearing a new garment. However the Halachah forbids a person from reciting a blessing if he is naked.
Adam was therefore faced with a dilemma: Should he recite a blessing for his first garment, and if so, how should he say it?
Hence the verse states, “Hashem G-d made for Adam and his wife garments of skin, and He clothed them.” It specifically mentions garments of skin because Shecheyanu is not recited over leather garments, since “His mercy extends to all His creatures” [Tehillim 145:9]. By fashioning garments of skin for Adam while he was still naked, Hashem exempted him from having to recite Shecheyanu.