Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Parshat Sh'lach L'cha

See the basics here.

The Incident of the Spies can be summarized in two words: Slave mentality. The people were completely lacking in self-confidence because they'd been slaves for centuries and didn't believe themselves capable of conquering the Promised Land.

Personally, I don't think it was very nice of HaShem to take the moments after He'd informed the Israelite camp that they'd wander for 40 years, leaving only those under 20 to enter the Land, to inform them of how they were to present sacrifices after they'd entered the Land. That's like taking some of that sacrifice-accompanying salt and rubbing it in.

As for Rachav, seen in Haftarat Sh'lach L'cha here, Jewish tradition may deem her a hero, but I suspect that her fellow and sister Jericho residents were not as enamored of her choice.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 update: I really should try to remember to check my previously-published posts first--Been here, blogged this (and got an interesting comment).

On the other hand, here's a new thought.


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