Shelach

Good intentions?

Kulam anashim – kol anashim sheb’mikra lashon chashivus v’osa sha’ah k’sheirim hayu (Rashi)
Rashi writes (13:3) that at the time the spies were sent, they were still righteous and had no plans to sin by speaking badly of the land of Israel. However, he seems to emphasize that they were righteous…

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Camouflage

“And Moshe called Hoshea, the son of Nun, Yehoshua” (BeMidbar 13:16).
The Gemara explains that by adding the Hebrew letter Yud to the beginning of Hoshea’s name Moshe prayed that God (YH) would save (shua) Yehoshua from any conspiracy by the other spies (Sotah 34b).
Rabbi Yaakov Yosef from Vilna inquires…

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Why did the sages add the last chapter to the Shema??

Every evening and morning, we say the Shema, Judaism's supreme declaration of monotheistic faith. In the first passage, we accept upon ourselves the fact of G-d's sovereignty. And in the second, we accept God's commandments.
Interestingly, the Sages added a third paragraph to the Shema - the passage commanding us…

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Make yourself like a mute!

There is a story that happened in a Jewish community. News began to circulate that the daughter of the butcher (shochet) had gone off the derech (way) and into very immoral behavior.
Wherever the shochet went people began to look at him doubtfully and suspect all that he did because…

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Dont let guilt feelings prevent you...

The Torah tells us about the negative response of the 10 spies to Calev's positive report about going into the Promised Land:
"And the men (the 10 spies) who went up with him (Calev, one of the 2 good spies) said, 'We cannot go up to that people (the present…

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Spies.....Like us?

We are all aware of the grave error committed by the spies when they spoke negatively about our Holy Land. Of course, there are many explanations regarding the motive or cause for their actions, yet the Midrash seems to underscore a very basic flaw in their approach to their mission.…

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Vort on Parashas Shelach – I Spy...

Parashas Shelach – I Spy...
This week we have Parashas Shelach which contains the famous incident of the spies who were the first people to cross into Israel and bring back a report on the land following our exodus from Egypt. Last week we saw the nation indulge in the…

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A Tree that Saves

SHELOCH

"And what the land is, whether it is fat or lean, whether there is a tree (wood) therein or not .................................." (13;20)

At this point Mosha is instructing the spies concerning their mission to evaluate the land of Israel. Rashi comments that when the verse is referring to "a tree"…

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