Elisha’s Stick


What was Eliza trying to achieve by placing his stick on the woman’s son? Was it a ritual, a healing act, or something else entirely? What is the meaning of Eliza’s act?



  1. The commentaries explain that the stick had no supernatural powers whatsoever. Rather, Elisha wanted to use it as a camouflage for the real miracle that would take place through Elisha’s actions and prayers. There are a few places in Tanach where the same concept is utilized to give a miracle a certain sense that there might be a physical explanation for what happened.

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