Posted by: mosesfromsinai | May 31, 2010

Shilach – So Close

This week’s Torah reading is called Shilach – You Send.  Moshe has decided to send 12 spies to check out the land and the various cities they would need to conquer.  The Jewish Nation was on the threshold of entering the promised land of Israel.  Excitement was very high and they all awaited the return of the spies.  Forty days later the spies returned with a report from 10 of the spies that was anything but positive.  Suddenly, the barren desert was more appealing.  Yes, we are told that they would have to possibly work hard once they entered the promised land.  In the wilderness, they had the Manna from heaven, the well of water, and the protective clouds.  Pretty well everything was provided for them.  The Jewish Nation did not have to deal with the day-to-day headaches of life.  They were free to learn the Torah that Moshe had received at Sinai.  Life was good, why change?

Today, we stand also on the threshold of the final redemption.  Yet for many, the question they raise is why the rush, why the need for change?  Are not things good for us here in our “wilderness”?

At Sinai, we are told that the people were unified.  Thus they were ready for the Revelation of the Torah being given and were ready for the promised land.  They were missing just a little bit more faith that in the promised land of Israel, life would be truly better.  This was hard for them to imagine, given the life they now had.  They did not know that miracles would continue to happen for them daily even in the physical land of Israel.

We, today, must believe that life will be special in the land once the final redemption takes place.  For many, we cannot allow our comfort in exile to blind us.  The spies were blind and they succeeded in blinding the Jewish Nation.  Had they all listened to the minority report of Kalev and Yehoshua, things would have been greatly different.  They did not and had to wander the wilderness for 40 years until that group died and a new generation was ready to enter the promised land under the leadership of Yehoshua, who believed strongly in the benefits of being in the promised land.

Let us hope that we can have the proper faith, and express that into proper action that merits the final redemption.


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