Serpents, Inner Demons, and Spiritual Renewal (Hukkat, Numbers 19:1-22:1)

By Rabbi Niles Elliot GoldsteinWe’ve all seen it, usually adorning the walls of doctor offices and pharmacies: the image of a snake twisting around a pole. It’s the iconic and longtime symbol of the American Medical Association. But where does it come from? You don’t need to be a rabbi to be curious about the origin of such a striking yet seemingly random and even bizarre visual emblem.While the AMA website notes that it depicts the rod of Asclepius from Greek mythology (a rod associated … [Read more...]