If the snake reaches the water first, the son of man dies

There are two stories of how the scholar, healer, philosopher, miracle-worker Haninah ben Dosa Worms - Medusa headwas bitten by a poisonous lizzard (snake or worm) while praying ("Babylonian Gemara" and "Jerusalem Talmud").

Kabbalistic rabbis have sometimes identified Satan with the serpent. Rabbi Chanina ben Dosa had said the serpent endangered the lives of the people, and convincing the people that not the serpent killeth but sin." (more…)

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