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Shelach: Peer Pressure

One of most tragic events in the history of our people was the sin of miraglim (spies). When we left Mitzraim we were exalted and untouchable, feared by all the nations, respected by the world.  Forty-nine days later we gathered at the foot of Har Sinai to accept the Torah. The plan was for the Chosen People to then march right into Eretz Yisrael. Had the events transpired as planned, the conquest would have taken…






Shelach: The Power Of The Spoken Word

Timeline of the miraglim The parsha of Shelach opens up with the story of the miraglim. Rashi notes that the previous parsha ended with the story of Miriam getting tzaras and being sent out of the camp because she spoke loshon harah about Moshe. Since this parsha begins with the miraglim, it implies that these two events are connected. But Rashi is bothered by the fact that they did not happen in chronological proximity. The…






Shelach: Stronger than G-d

The miraglim (spies) came back with the report that Eretz Yisrael was occupied by giants that couldn’t be vanquished. The expression that they used, though, was “stronger than him.” Rashi explains that the “him” they were referring to was HASHEM. The spies were saying that the giants were so powerful that even HASHEM couldn’t win against them. This Rashi is very difficult to understand. HASHEM created the heavens and the earth and all that they…






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