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Date(s) - 07/01/2019
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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Phil Lazzar teaches a class on Torah and Judaism every Monday from 6 to 7:30 PM at Temple Beth El. Topics may range from the weekly Torah portion to an upcoming holiday, and beyond. Specific weekly class information is released in the days leading up to the Monday session.

July 1, 2019, 6pm-7:30pm, TBE Library

In last week’s Torah portion (in the diaspora), Shelach, we read about the spies that Moses sent into the land of Canaan and their report on what they found there.  Of the 12 spies, 10 basically said that they did not think it would be possible to conquer the land. The outcome of this was that the people had to spend 40 years wandering in the wilderness before getting to enter the land.

It is worth noting that these spies were not ordinary people but rather the princes and leaders of their tribes.  Not only that, they witnessed first hand all the miracles Hashem did for them in Egypt, as well as the splitting of the Sea of Reeds, and all the other miracles taking place in the wilderness.  And don’t forget that they heard the voice of G-d at Mt. Sinai. So, how is it possible that they, of all people, could speak slander on the land and doubt their ability to conquer it?

To understand these things we first need to understand these terms:  conquer, land, Canaan, and Israel. Next we need to understand what the mission of the spies was, to know why they were sent.  Once we understand these things, the puzzle pieces start falling into place. By the way, there is a positive and hopeful spiritual message that we personally learn from these things.