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Shelach (Numbers 13:1-15:41)

Spies. The Spy in Black (1939), Private Detective 62 (1933), Mata Hari (1932), British Agent (1934), Operator 13 (1934), Our Man in Marrakesh (1966), The Manchurian Candidate (1962), and North by Northwest (1959).  I guess Thursday was Spy Day at … 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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Shelakh-lecha (Num. 13:1 – 15:41)

This week, we reach the low point in the story of the Israelites who escaped from Egypt.  The Lord commands Moses to send 12 leaders, one per landed tribeas scouts to spy out the land of Canaan.  Moses does so, … 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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Shelakh-lecha (Num. 13:1 – 15:41)

First, a shout out to my favorite daughter, Rosalyn E. Plotzker, M.D., who became privileged to use those last two initials on May 29: YAY!!! OK, that happy news should partially inoculate us against this downer of a portion. Why … Continue reading

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