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The Fear of Freedom
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The episode of the spies has rightly puzzled commentators throughout the centuries. How could they have got it so wrong? The land, they said, was as Moses had promised. It was indeed “flowing with milk and honey.” But conquering it was impossible. “The people who live there are powerful, and the cities fortified and very […]
Rabbi Weinreb’s Parsha Column, Shelach
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Imagine standing at a crossroads. We have all been there. We have all experienced moments in our life’s journey when we had to make a crucial choice and decide whether to proceed along one road or along another. (Except for Yogi Berra, of course, who famously said, "When you come to a fork in the road, take it.")
Parshat Shelach: The Job of the Spies
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“Send for you men. And they will scout the land of Canaan that I am giving to Bnai Yisrael. You should send one man from each tribe. Each of them should be a prince.” (BeMidbar 13:2) Hashem commands Moshe to send scouts into the land of Israel. This group will travel through the land and […]
Parshat Shelach: What Took Yehoshua So Long?
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Yehoshua’s Initial Silence in Response to the Report of the Spies And Kalev silenced the nation’s protest against Moshe. And he said: We will surely ascend and posses it. For we certainly have the ability. (BeMidbar 13:30) Our parasha relates the incident of the spies –the meraglim. Bnai Yisrael requests that spies precede them into […]
Parshat Shelach: Two Paths to Redemption
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And Hashem spoke to Moshe saying: Send for yourself men and they will scout the Land of Cana’an that I give to Bnai Yisrael. Send one man from each of his fathers’ tribes. Each should be a leader among them. (Sefer BeMidbar 13:1-2) 1. The report of the spies and the resultant controversy Parshat Shelach […]
Parshat Behalotcha: Stop Complaining!
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Throughout the book of Bamidbar there are long list of misdoings: the longing for the “good old days” in Egypt, despising the Manna given by G-d and demanding instead meat, the report of the spies, the rebellion led by Korach against Moshe and Aaron’s authority. On the surface these are a variety of sins, in […]