(This Torah Teaching is for Shabbat of June 25th, 2022)
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Sh’lah L’kha (שְׁלַח-לְךָ) — Hebrew for “send”, “send to you”, or “send for yourself”) is the 37th weekly Torah portion (פָּרָשָׁה, parashah) in the annual cycle of Torah reading and the fourth in the Book of Numbers covering Numbers 13:1–15:41. Its name comes from the first distinctive words in the parashah, in Numbers 13:2. The parasha tells the story of the twelve spies sent to assess the promised land, Caleb, who proposed entry into the land and the others who discouraged the Israelites, commandments about offerings, the story of the Sabbath violator, and the commandment of the fringes (צִיצִת, tzitzit).
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Parsha Sh’lach Summary
Moses sends twelve spies to the land of Canaan. Forty days later they return, carrying a huge cluster of grapes, a pomegranate and a fig, to report on a lush and bountiful land. But ten of the spies warn that the inhabitants of the land are giants and warriors “more powerful than we”; only Caleb and Joshua insist that the land can be conquered, as God has commanded.
The people weep that they’d rather return to Egypt. God decrees that Israel’s entry into the Land shall be delayed forty years, during which time that entire generation will die out in the desert. A group of remorseful Jews storm the mountain on the border of the Land, and are routed by the Amalekites and Canaanites.
The laws of the menachot (meal, wine and oil offerings) are given, as well as the mitzvah to consecrate a portion of the dough (challah) to God when making bread. A man violates the Shabbat by gathering sticks, and is put to death. God instructs to place fringes (tzitzit) on the four corners of our garments, so that we should remember to fulfill the mitzvot (divine commandments). For more on the study of tzitzit and how they are applicable for us today please click here.
NEW DVAR TORAH STUDIES FOR DEEPER UNDERSTANDING…
For further Torah study on parashah “Sh’lach Lecha”, please enjoy the latest illustrated Dvar Torah video teaching below… Listen and learn from Rabbi Isaac as he takes your understanding to an even deeper level! Enjoy and be blessed!
ADVANCED SH’LACH LECHA DVAR TORAH
TORAH FOR YOUR CHILDREN…
For a simple cartoon summary of the Torah parashot for your children we recommend the following video below:
– Joshua 2:1-24
This week’s haftorah tells the story of the spies that Joshua sent to scout the city of Jericho, prior to the Israelites‘ invasion of the Holy Land, a point in common with this week’s Torah reading, which discusses the twelve spies that were sent by Moses years earlier to explore the Holy Land.
Joshua sent two spies to Jericho, where they lodged at an inn located in the city’s walls, operated by a woman named Rahab. Their presence was quickly discovered by the king who sent for Rahab and asked her to turn in her guests. Rahab responded that her guests had already left the city — when actually she had hidden them on her rooftop.
“And she said to the men, I know that God has given you the land, and that your terror has fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land have melted away because of you. For we have heard how God dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt; and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites that were on the other side of the Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom you completely destroyed.”
At Rahab’s request, the two spies assured her that she and her family would not be harmed during the conquer of Jericho–provided that she would tie a scarlet thread and hang it from her window. This would be a symbol that this home is a safe haven. Rahab helped the men escape via a rope she lowered from her window and told them how to hide from possible pursuers. The spies escaped safely and returned to report to Joshua.
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Excellent teaching. Re: suicide….unfortunately know all too well about it…..do believe it is a spirit….APPPAH – Association for Pre and Perinatal Psychology and Health – has literature to support that resuscitation at birth, or a traumatic birth, can steer a person down this hopeless road. Also, the ‘Illuminati’, the elite international child sex trafficking society has been reputed to program their victims to self-annhilate upon certain turns of events. Alcohol can alter brain chemistry and this act is not unheard of amongst alcoholics….many dynamics here. Some believe that alcohol may erode, especially in excess, the veil between this world and the next, and allow in spirits that may have otherwise not been able to come in….maybe one reason some folks have such a different personality when drinking. “….YHVH….and deliver us from the Evil One….Amen.”
Can a woman wear Tzitzit?
Shalom Ismelalem… thank you for your question! The simple answer is yes woman can wear tzitzit and many do although it is not common in Israel as it is not considered a commandment for woman as it is for men.
Your teachings of TORAH are a wonderful gift. I am blessed to see deeper wonders in YHVH’s Law through your teachings.
Who are the dark skinned lost tribes of Israel and where did they assimilate? Most times it is difficult to ‘connect’ or reconnect to identity and purpose after one has lost knowledge of the Law, the heritage and the land.