Posted by: mosesfromsinai | May 26, 2013

Shilach – You Send

This week’s Torah Reading is called Shilach – You Send. It begins by Moshe sending out the 12 spies to spy out the land of Israel. Sadly 10 of them come back with a negative report. This leads to the punishment of wandering in the desert for 40 years until that generation dies. The forty years corresponded to the 40 days they spent spying the land.

The final reading in the portion of Shilach is the commandment of Tzitzis, to wear fringes on a 4 cornered garment. What is the connection of this Mitzvah, commandment with the beginning of the Parsha – Torah Reading?
Perhaps we can say that the Tzitzis, which serves as a reminder of the 613 commandments (in Hebrew Tzitzis is spelt Ztadeek – which equals 90, Yud – which equals 10, again Ztadeek and again Yud for now a total of 200, followed by a Tof – which equals 400. There are 8 strings and 5 knots completing the total of 613), serves as a major reminder that the Al-mighty is with us. This constant reminder serves to strengthen our faith that difficult obstacles can be overcome in the service to the Al-mighty.

The 10 spies and the Jewish Nation needed to have the strength to realize that whatever challenges the Land of Israel would bring, through their commitment to Torah and the Al-mighty all barriers would be removed and they would conquer and live comfortably in the Land of Israel.

Today we still have the commandment of Tzitzis. We need to make use of their reminder and have faith that when we are fulfilling the Al-mighty’s will, all barriers will be overcome.

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