40 Shlach Lecha

  שְׁלַח־לְךָ אֲנָשִׁים וְיָתֻרוּ אֶת־אֶרֶץ כְּנַעַן אֲשֶׁר־אֲנִי נֹתֵן לִבְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל אִישׁ אֶחָד אִישׁ אֶחָד לְמַטֵּה אֲבֹתָיו תִּשְׁלָחוּ כֹּל נָשִׂיא בָהֶם׃

“Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel; from each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, everyone a leader among them.”

Shabbat

Name

Parasha

Haftora

Brit Chadasha

June 25th,
2022

Shlach lecha
“Send for”

Numbers 13:1-15:41

Joshua 2:1 - 24

Hebrews 3:7-4:1

 

At the very beginning of this Parasha, Moses organizes a mission to scout out the land of Canaan. Never are they called spies, nor are their actions referred to as spying.  We quote:  "Send men to scout [Heb. la-tur] the land of Canaan" (Num. 13:2).  The root word is t-ah-r,  the simple meaning of going around, to explore,  to seek from the straight and narrow along twisting paths.

As the Israelites stand on the verge of dispossessing the Canaanite nations, God commands Moses to reconnoiter the territory through the agency of 12 men representing each of the tribes. They are given specific instructions: Go up there in to the Negev and into the hill country, and see what kind of country it is. Are the people who dwell in it strong or weak, few or many? Is the country in which they dwell good or bad? Are the towns they live in open or fortified? Is the soil rich or poor? Is it wooded or not? And take pains to bring back some of the fruit of the land, See Numbers 13:18-20.

Is all about the eyes and the heart when in obedience to a commandment not to scout but to be an emissary and obey. The eyes and the heart, mentioned in this verse, represent two approaches, both as a view of human morality. One approach maintains that the things which a person looks at causes him/her to sin, and therefore one must take care not to look at things that are likely to lead one astray.  In other words, the eyes affect a person’s heart.