Shelach

Spiritual Espionage

The whole episode of the spies which dominates this week’s parsha is one of the most troubling sections in the Torah. The explanation of exactly what happened and why has been a subject of intense debate ever since the incident occurred. In short, the Jewish people demanded to send spies…

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Realising your own value.

"And we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their seight" Bamidbar 13:33
A lesson can be learnt from the mistake of the spies, as brought down by the Kotzker Rebbe (Otzer Chaim), that it should not bother a person how others view him.
A person…

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So whats your story, how will it end?

Before reading this vort bear two things in mind!
1.The spies were kosher Jews at the time they set out (Rashi, Bamidbar 13:3).
2.Don’t trust in yourself until the day of your death (Avot 2:5; Berakhot 29a).
The yetzer hara- the Evil Inclination. Every person has one.
Rabbi Nachman Of Breslov…

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Shlach: A Drasha for a Sheva Brachos

First of all, we must remember that even when you know how wonderful the Kallah is and her family is, you have to check "Hashemeinah hee im Razah." (For those of you that suffer from humorpenia, that was a joke.)
Second, and more seriously: Building a Bayis Ne'eman requires…

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Kolev Prayed for Himself

"And he came to Chevron". Why does the Torah write "And he came to Chevron" in the singular, when it is referring to all the spies, as is evident, from the words immediately prior to that "And they went via the south"?
Rashi explains that in fact, it was Kolev alone…

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The Road of Return

Immediately following the sin of the spies, the Torah gives details of the drink and the flour offerings. It is difficult to perceive at first, the connection between these two Parshiyos and that of the spies. Rashi does connect them, but his explanation appears to be inadequate,as we shall now…

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"About-Face"

It is mind-boggling to contemplate the abrupt about-face on the part of the Jewish people. At the beginning of the parsha, they were planning to enter and miraculously conquer the land of Israel, where they would be able to settle and live out their lives. Indeed, they had a mitzvah…

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