Snake Spine

In the Torah there are many applications to the "law of similars." One of them is that in order to kill a snake you must be like a snake.

In gematria, Mashiach (משיח, 358) equals snake (נחש). As extreme opposites they are in fact similar, numerically identical. In Kabbalah, a number is defined as the set of words and expressions whose gematria equals that number. One of the amazing phenomena of the Hebrew language is that in every such set there is a concept and its opposite.

Mashiach is the one soul that is capable of killing the evil snake, the evil inclination in the heart of man.

The Zohar states that the king promises his daughter to the one who will kill the evil snake. The king is the King of kings, the Holy One blessed be He. His daughter, the princess, is the power of prayer.

The service of prayer itself is a spiritual battle with the evil snake. So in prayer we must assume a snake-like spiritual posture.

The sages say that the spine of whoever does not bow in prayer (in the appropriate places) will become a snake in his grave.

Our "snake" is our spine. It holds our body (and soul) together and is always shooting electric signals to our limbs.

A people must possess a healthy spine in order to fight and defeat its enemies.

May God grant the Jewish People a healthy spine, a messianic consciousness.

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Rachel March 20, 2011 at 10:56 pm

"Our 'snake' is our spine" – It seems to suggest that our spine is one of our primary tools with which we battle with the evil inclination. If possible, could the Rav discuss a little further or specify what is the one (or more) characteristic of a snake, which by emulating it (and applying it into the movement of our spine) we can hope to overcome our evil inclination. Is it the ability to bend, or the strength one gathers by staying upright, or is it something else altogether? This is left unclear.

Umbertus July 31, 2017 at 10:21 am

Our spine is our tree of life. At least it's in a direction connection with one's tree of life in garden eden.


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