Parshat ShelachJune 13-14, 2014 – 16 Sivan 5774
Yes, this week's Torah Portion, Shlach, is one of the most timely and misunderstood. First of all it's known as the "Sin of the Spies," Chet Hamiraglim, חט המרגלים even though the word "spies," "Hamiraglim" or "מרגלים" never appears in the Biblical narrative. Bamidbar 13:2
We must remember that from the early chapters of the Bible, when G-d commands Abram (Abraham) to "go," lech, לך to the "land I will show you," "el Ha"Aretz asher erecha," "אֶל-הָאָרֶץ, אֲשֶׁר אַרְאֶךָּ." This is non-negotiable. Bereishit 12:1
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Photo Batya Medad
The leaders were supposed to be the middlemen, following G-d and leading the people. They were not supposed to create doubt in the minds of the former slaves. They were not to evaluate nor give an opinion about feasibility.
Unfortunately, today we're still suffering from the same mind-set, the same sin. The Jewish People have not come to the Land en masse. Jewish religious and communal leaders, today's tribal leaders, have not given the order nor shown by example. They are more occupied preserving and fundraising for their diaspora institutions. They are full of noble sounding excuses just like the tribal leaders of old.
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|ripe grapes in my garden, Batya Medad|