Tag Archives: 40 years in the wilderness

Shelach (Numbers 13:1 – 15:41)

Very tall Canaanites + very low self-esteem = Disaster (I have cobbled together comments I like from 2013-2016) This portion begins ambiguously.  The Lord says, “Send for yourself men to scout…”  Rashi interprets “for yourself” as a disclaimer (Hey, I’m … Continue reading

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Shelach (Num. 13:1 – 15:4)

Spies.  Surveillance.  Sanctioned and unsanctioned.  I took a course at Osher this spring on the workings of U.S. intelligence agencies.  It was given by a retired CIA operative.  I learned that the CIA is supposed to just gather intelligence, not … Continue reading

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Shelakh-lecha (Num. 13:1 – 15:41)

This week: disaster.  Moses very publicly sends 12 chieftains into the Promised Land on a fact-finding mission concerning the people (strong or weak? few or many?), the country (good or bad?), towns (open or fortified?), and the land itself (rich … Continue reading

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Korach (Numbers 16:1 – 18:32)

I have always had a complicated relationship with authority.  My mother was a teacher and my father, a doctor and medical school professor, and the authority figures of my childhood were mainly teachers and doctors, so it became difficult to … Continue reading

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Shelakh-lecha (Num. 13:1 – 15:41)

This week: absolute disaster, which might have been foreseen. Moses sends out 12 chieftains, a leader from each tribe (except Levi), to get very specific information about the now-nearby land of Canaan.  Why?  While we read in Numbers 13:1-2 that … Continue reading

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