95. אָמַר רַבִּי חִיָּיא אָמַר רַבִּי יִצְחָק, בָּרָצוֹן שֶׁל הַכֹּל לֹא נִמְצָא לְמַטָּה, אֶלָּא מִשּׁוּם שֶׁנִּמְצָא לְמַעְלָה. וּלְמַעְלָה לֹא נִמְצָא, אֶלָּא כְּשֶׁנִּמְצָא לְמַטָּה בַּחֲטָאֵי הָעוֹלָם, שֶׁלָּמַדְנוּ שֶׁהַכֹּל תָּלוּי זֶה בָּזֶה, וְזֶה בָּזֶה.
When the people speak evil speech the Snake comes, as we read in Numbers 21:6
“וַיְשַׁלַּח יְהוָה בָּעָם אֵת הַנְּחָשִׁים הַשְּׂרָפִים וַיְנַשְּׁכוּ אֶת הָעָם וַיָּמָת עַם רָב מִיִּשְׂרָאֵל.”
“So YHVH sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, and many of the people of Israel died.”
The verse mentions Snakes in the plural to tell us that the Snake has a hold in the spiritual level as well as in the physical level of the world below. The judgments caused by the people shut down the Light, and no one can open the flow of light. Then the Snake comes and spreads impurities in the souls of those who sinned in Malchut.
This is like an adulterous woman that made the sin and claimed that she did nothing wrong. Not aware her sin blocked the Light.
“כֵּן דֶּרֶךְ אִשָּׁה מְנָאָפֶת אָכְלָה וּמָחֲתָה פִיהָ וְאָמְרָה לֹא פָעַלְתִּי אָוֶן.”
“This is the way of an adulterous woman: She eats and wipes her mouth, And says, “I have done no wickedness.”
Rabbi Chiya quotes his friend Rabbi Yitzchak saying that by the will of God the Snake won’t be in the lower world but because he has a presence above, when the people sin, he can appear in the world of Malchut.