Posted by: mosesfromsinai | June 13, 2011

Shilach – You Send

This week the Torah reading is  the famous story of the spies that Moshe sent to spy out the land and report back.  Unfortunately, 10 of the 12 spies had a negative attitude on their ability to conquer the land.  The end result was 40 years of wandering in the wilderness until the male generation above 20 died except for Caleb and Joshua.  These were the two spies who gave a positive report.  They had faith that they could conquer the land and overcome the obstacles.

Generally, I prefer to stay away from politics when presenting words from the Torah.  However, in this case I cannot resist.

The 10 spies uttered a strange statement as they talked about the powerful ‘giants’ in the land:  “We were like grasshoppers in our eyes, and so we were in their eyes.”  It is apparent as they looked about they felt inadequate and overwhelmed in their own eyes.  They lacked self confidence or faith.  This is what they projected and this is what they then saw in the eyes of the people they encountered.

When you are preparing for war, if necessary, you cannot be like grasshoppers in your own eyes.  A war mode requires that you project just the opposite.  You are the ‘giant’ and they are the grasshoppers.

When dealing with politics in the Middle East and in the UN we need to be the ‘giant’ and they the grasshoppers.  We have to have the faith and courage of Caleb and Joshua, who led us into the Land of Israel and defeated our enemies.  This is one of the powerful messages the Torah gives us in dealing with life situations.

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