then the Rabbi asked his audience, what don’t we see? Me being the kind of person never to assume that a question is rhetorical answered, the staff. Then, when he never said right, I said the rod. The Rabbi went on to say that the rod of G-d, that was used previously to part the Red Sea, and changed into a snake in front of Pharoh was not being used.Rabbi Dr. Jonathan Rosenblatt then went on to drive home his point, using some fairly well known commentaries, as well as possibly some lesser known midrashim on the Torah. The Rabbi explained that, as the Torah tells us, it was when Moshe’s hands were raised (without the high tech device) the rod of G-d, that Joshua and the Israelites were winning the war. When Moshe’s hands were down, that the Israelites were losing the war against Amalek. Rabbi Rosenblatt further explained that when Moshe’s hands were down it was because he was reaching down for the staff, the rod of G-d. However this is when the Israelites were losing because they were standing and waiting to be saved by the power from above, rather than relying on their own abilities.
Stephen C. Sanders