Denver Gold and Silver Exchange in Denver, CO is pleased to present -- Sterling Silver Snake / Serpent Bracelet
Hollow Sterling Silver Snake / Serpent Bracelet
Made in Israel
Diameter: approx 3 5/8", Adult wrist, medium size wrist
Circumference: approx 7 1/2"
Hollow: not solid
Gram Weight: 31.24g
Why a Snake?
Symbol of a single snake wrapped around a single staff being used as a medical symbol. Moses prayed to G‑d on the Jews’ behalf, and G‑d instructed him to make a serpent and place it on a pole. Whoever looked up at this copper serpent was healed (Numbers 21:5–9).
We must begin by emphasizing that it was not the snake itself that brought the cure. In the words of the Talmud: “Could a snake [on a pole] cause death [by not looking at it] or give life [by looking at it]? Rather, when Israel would look upward and subject their hearts to their Father in Heaven, they would be cured; but if not, they would waste away.”
In other words, their healing consisted of comprehending that a Jew’s life transcends the natural order. When looking upward, towards the spiritual worlds, they repented and reaffirmed their trust in G‑d and His healing power, and were cured.
With this in mind, we can understand why the snake was chosen, as this only made things even more supernatural. A venomous snake is a source of harm and destruction. Spiritually, too, the snake brought incredible harm to this world when it enticed Eve to eat from the Tree of Knowledge. Yet here was the image of the harmer that actually healed! Or as the biblical commentator Nachmanides puts it, “A miracle within a miracle.”
In one of these miracles, Moses is commanded to throw down his staff, and when he does so, it turns into a snake (nachash). God then tells Moses to grab the snake by the tail, and when he does so the snake reverts back into a staff. This miracle, along with two others, is used to convince the Jews that Moses is the legitimate messenger of God.
In Parashat Vaera, a similar miracle takes place. Moses and Aaron confront Pharaoh, bearing God’s command that the Jews be set free. Not surprisingly, their request meets with cynicism and rejection. However, to demonstrate that they have, in fact, been sent by God, Aaron is commanded to throw down his staff, which turns into a serpent (tanin).
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