Posted by: mosesfromsinai | June 8, 2014

Shilach – You Send

This week’s Torah Reading is called Shilach – You Send. Moshe sends the 12 spies to check out the land of Israel. Things go downhill as 10 of the spies come back with a very negative report on their ability to conquer the land. Truly a little crazy considering the miracles they have witnessed. Nevertheless they convince the Jewish Nation and the result is they wander 40 years and they die in the desert. The new generation of 20 years and up along with the 2 positive spies Caleb and Joshua enter the promised land, Joshua as their leader.

Mentioned toward the end of the Torah Reading is a story of a man collecting wood on Shabbos. This story actually happened on the 2nd Shabbos after the Torah was given. It is interesting to note that it is referring to this Shabbos coming up. Perhaps that is a reason why it is included in this Torah Reading even though the story of the 12 spies happened much later. It does not give a name it only tells us that he had violated the laws of Shabbos and was punishable by death. Indeed the Al-mighty instructs Moshe to carry out the death penalty by stoning which Moshe does.

A further possible connection to why it may be included in the Torah Reading that dealt with the spies is both expressed a lack of faith. The spies had little faith that the Jewish Nation could overcome the obstacles the Land of Israel presented. Even more that there would be growth and greater enrichment in being in the land of Israel than living in the desert. The man collecting the wood had little faith in that the Shabbos experience would exceed the week-day experience without the work he felt he needed to do on Shabbos.

We need to know and believe that by fulfilling the will of the Al-mighty we have reached the highest plateau in life and it will be ultimately good. This faith is a tool for entering the promised land and the experience of the true Shabbos. May it serve as the tool for our ultimate redemption, being in the promised land with the 3rd Beis HaMikdosh and the concept Shabbos, a day/life of rest and full revelation.

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