Parasha: Shelakh

Putting Aside Fear for Courage

The signs of a spiritual renaissance are all around us. Candidates are increasingly running for public office while openly touting their religious pedigrees as “believers” and even “born again” men and women. The shelves in bookstores throughout the country are filled with the latest books on finding your spiritual path,

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Healing the Crushed Spirit

וַנְּהִ֤י בְעֵינֵ֙ינוּ֙ כַּֽחֲגָבִ֔ים וְכֵ֥ן הָיִ֖ינוּ בְּעֵינֵיהֶֽם׃ Va’nehi b’eineinu kachagavim, v’chen hayinu b’eineihem We looked like grasshoppers to ourselves, so we certainly must have looked that way to them. (Bamidbar 13:33) The Children of Israel are preparing to enter the Promised Land. Moses sends twelve scouts, one from each tribe, to

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The Reminder of Tzitzit

The parasha this week is Shelakh-Lekha. In this parasha Moses, at God’s command, chooses one leader from each of the twelve tribes to serve as spies. Their mission is to enter the land of Canaan, the Promised Land, and to bring back a report to the people. “See what kind

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