Friday, January 29, 2016
Parshat Chukat, 5th Portion, (Numbers 20:22-21:9), 7/14/2016
The people apologize to Moses that they spoke against him and the Lord. They ask Moses to pray to the Lord to remove the snakes.
The Lord tells Moses to make a snake and put it on a pole, and whenever someone has been bitten they should look at the snake on the pole and they will live.
Moses makes a copper snake, and whoever was bit and then gazed at the copper pole would live.
Chabad.org quotes the Midrash that here we learn that when one asks for forgiveness the other should not be so cruel as to not forgive.
Here we see God’s mercy.