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  • Shelach Lecha 2020

    This week’s sedra concludes with the third paragraph of the Shema (Bemidbar 15:37-41). HaShem instructs the Israelites to wear tzitzit in order that they “be reminded to observe all My commandments and to be holy to your God” (Bemidbar 15:40). Yet, how is that tzitzit function as Israel’s reminder to keep the commandments and maintain holiness? To answer these questions, we need to understand Biblical symbolism.

  • Shelach Lecha 2019

    The Lord said to Moses, “Send men to explore the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the Israelites. From each ancestral tribe send one of its leaders.” So at the Lord’s command Moses sent them out from the Desert. (Numbers 13: 1-3)

    Compare this to the words of Moses in Deuteronomy 1: 22-23: Then all of you came to me and said, “Let us send men ahead to spy out the land for us and bring back a report about the route we are to take.” The idea seemed good to me; so I selected twelve of you, one man from each tribe.

    So, whose idea was it to send the spies on their mission?

  • Shelach Lecha 2018

    Faith and Humility. In this week's Sedra, we have the famous story of the 12 Meraglim (scouts / spies) who were sent ahead from the desert to report on the Land of Israel. These Meraglim were high ranking leaders from each tribe. We know the tragic ending of their mission.

  • Shelach Lecha 2017

    The Lord said to Moses, “Send men to explore the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the Israelites. From each ancestral tribe send one of its leaders.” So at the Lord’s command Moses sent them out from the Desert. (Numbers 13: 1-3)
    Compare this to the words of Moses in Deuteronomy 1: 22-23:Then all of you came to me and said, “Let us send men ahead to spy out the land for us and bring back a report about the route we are to take.” The idea seemed good to me; so I selected twelve of you, one man from each tribe. So whose idea was it to send the spies on their mission?

  • Shelach Lecha: Report on the mission 9.6.14

    The theme of this week’s Sidra is the mission of the 12 spies to survey the Land of Canaan. The 12 spies set out with  high hopes. They were the leaders of their tribes and trusted by their people. There is a well-known saying that “power corrupts”. Here we have the best illustration of it in the Torah. When the spies returned they had become transformed. Instead of giving Chizzuk, encouragement, they gave an extremely negative report about the land and betrayed both the Almighty and our people.

  • Shelach Lecha 5774

    The Sidra begins with God’s command to Moses to send twelve important leaders to tour the land. Moses chose the Nesi’im, the leaders of each tribe for this task. This account, which tells us that God commanded the mission, contradicts the version that Moses gave to the next generation, in his farewell speech, 39 years later.  In that speech he claimed that it was the people’s demand to organise the mission. Furthermore, he said that the Almighty had not been pleased with this demand.  Indeed, He had wanted them to go up on the mountain and conquer the land immediately, without any fears.

  • Shelach Lecha 2014

    The spies returned from their tour of the Land of Israel, and ten of them delivered a negative report -- saying that the nation would not be able to go in and conquer the inhabitants. Only Calev and Yehoshua returned with encouraging reports.
    Rashi,( Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki), quotes from the Talmud [Sotah 35a] which says that Calev yelled out, "is this the only thing which [Moshe] the son of Amram did to us?" Since Calev started by sounding as if he intended to criticize, and the people had turned against Moshe, they quieted down to hear what he would add.

  • Shelach Lecha 5773

    The Sidra of Shlach-Lecha is devoted, mostly, to the grave sin which was committed first by 10 of the 12 spies that were sent by Moses to investigate the land. As a consequence, the entire nation sinned by rebelling against God. It turned out to be the second most catastrophic event in the desert, equal to the catastrophe that happened a little earlier when the Israelites worshipped the Golden Calf. After the sin of the Golden Calf, God forgave or, at least,  deferred the punishment. This time the punishment was immediate and extremely severe.

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