Parashat Shemot / God in the Guise of a Snake

In the Genizah version of the midrash, claims Bergman, the purpose of the miraculous sign of the snake is to enable Moses to see God himself, appearing in the form of a snake.

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When God informs him that he’s been chosen to lead his nation out of Egypt, Moses expresses his opposition, arguing, “But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice; for they will say: The...