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Parashat Sh'lach L'cha (July 2, 2016)
by Elizabeth Cooper

AS A RISING JUNIOR who is eagerly, yet nervously, anticipating a study abroad adventure, my imminent journey framed the way I read this week’s parashah: Sh’lach L’cha. This portion focuses on 12 spies who are dispatched and ordered by Moses to venture eastward and survey the new Promised Land, which God has granted the Israelites. Ten return discouraged, claiming to be unsuited to conquer the current inhabitants; whereas the other two, namely Caleb and Joshua, come back feeling confident in their destined endeavors. As the story progresses, the underlying themes of faith and perspective grow more conspicuous, and the lessons become more easily deducible. The parashah examines the consequences of those devoid of faith through the depiction of an angry God and explores the power of perspective. Feeling abandoned and distrusted, God denies the 10 men entry into the Promised Land while he guides the other two to the land of milk and honey.

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Parashat Sh'Lach L'cha
An excellent commentary by an extraordinary young woman!  Thank you
July 3rd

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