The Torah In Haiku: Va-eira

Turn rods into snakes?
Pharaoh’s men can do it, too.
Plagues will be required


Exodus 7:10-13
Moses and Aaron came to Pharaoh. They did exactly as G-d had said. Aaron threw his staff down before Pharaoh, and it became a viper. Pharaoh summoned his scholars and magicians. The master symbolists were able to do the same thing with their magic tricks. When each one threw down his staff, [the staffs] all turned into vipers. Aaron’s staff then swallowed up their staffs. But Pharaoh remained obstinate and did not pay attention to them, just as God had predicted.


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