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Parashat D'varim (July 29, 2017)
by Bettijane Eisenpreis

IN THIS PORTION, D’varim, we read about the spies who go into the Land that God has promised to Israel and bring back a gloomy report. They speak of large cities inhabited by giants who are sure to defeat the Israelites. Sound familiar? Yes. We have heard about the spies and the giants, the so-called Anakites, in the book of Numbers. (13:1–14:44) In both versions, the spies bring back discouraging news; the Israelites refuse to go forward and are punished by having to stay in the desert for 40 years, until the entire generation that came from Egypt dies out.

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