CHUKAS (Numbers, 19:1-22:1) — “Tattle-Snakes & Copperheads”

… G-d said to Moses, “Make for yourself a fiery serpent and place it on a pole.  Anyone who has been bitten will look at it and live.”  Moses made a snake out of copper and placed it on a pole; so it was that anyone who had been bitten would stare at the copper snake and live

The symbolism is beautiful.  Like the snake in the Garden of Eden, they sinned with their tongues.  Since they acted like snakes, they were punished with snakes.  After sinning with their mouths they repented with their mouths.  They corrected the wrong by using their mouths properly.  Moses undid the poison of the miraculous punishing-snakes with a miraculous healing-snake.

Great!  Just one question.  What’s the deal with the copper?…

Read more.

Additional messages from previous years:

 “A Sad Shabbos in New York State” (2011)   

“Who’s ‘The MAN’? … YOU’RE ‘The MAN’!” (2010)

“The Kiss of LIFE” (2004) 

“Stone Drunk” (2002) 

“The Bigger They Are…” (2001) 

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