Parsha Shlach

Last week’s parsha ends with the maaseh of Miriam’s lashon hara about her brother Moshe Rabbeinu and her subsequent punishment.  This week’s parsha begins with another incident involving lashon hara – that of the spies.  The Medrash Tanchuma quoted by Rashi explains why the two stories are juxtaposed:  “Because she

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Look at Me – I’m Humble!

“And Moshe called Hoshea Bin Nun Yehoshua” Bemidbar 13:16 Moshe gave Hoshea this name change to Yehoshua, says the Targum,[1] when he saw his humility. The name Yehoshua, our Sages tell us[2] was a reflection of the prayer that Moshe offered on behalf of Yehoshua; “may Hashem save you

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Parshas Shlach

Kavayachol Deals With Us, Based Upon Us Rashi on the first pasuk brings the Chazal, “Shelach Lecha, Midaatcha, Ani Eini Metzaveh Oscha, Im Tirtzeh Shelach.” The question Rav Yaakov Weinberg zt”l asked is, how could the Ribbono Shel Olam let Klal Yisrael and Moshe send the spies

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Parshas Shlach

Topics covered in this class: The mistake of the Spies. Why they didn’t want to enter Israel. One of the ways of the Yetzer Hara. Rashi on Tzitizis. The mistake of the Spies. The Torah says they were all “men” and Rashi explains this to mean that

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Parshas Shlach

Topics covered in this class: The mistake of the Spies. Why they didn’t want to enter Israel. One of the ways of the Yetzer Hara. Rashi on Tzitizis. The mistake of the Spies. The Torah says they were all “men” and Rashi explains this to mean that

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Life Focus

Life Focus One of the core teachings of Judaism is that we don’t have to live lives in which our goals and values are incessantly and eternally at odds with each other. In this type of world we can never be at peace and our lives really

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Parshas Shlach

Life seems to vacillate between a comedy and a tragedy, often depending of your sense of perspective and sense of humor. When I was fresh out of College and working on Wall Street, I was quite taken with the philosophy of Ayn Rand. Her heroes, rugged individualists

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Parshas Shlach

Author: Rav Yaakov and Lori Palatnik Based on Rav Noah Weinberg At last, the Jewish people, after slavery, redemption, revelation at Sinai, Torah, miracles in the desert… at long last, G-d leads them to the very borders of Israel and tells them to enter. So the Jewish

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