Parashat Shelach opens with God permitting Moshe to send spies to scout the Promised Land and it ends with the third and last paragraph of the Shema which instruct and you shall not stray after your heart and after your eyes. Rashi points to a symmetry between the beginning and the end of the parasha.
After gossiping about the marriage of Moses, Miriam was struck with illness and her brother offered a short prayer for her: Moshe yelled to the LORD, saying, “God, please, heal her, please.” The Alshikh explains that were Moshe to offer a long prayer, people would say he favored his sister, but if he offered a
This week’s parasha contains the priestly blessing. When the kohanim stand before the ark to bless the people they recite three verses, taking their cue from the Hazzan, they repeat these short verses word by word after the Hazzan. Rav Ovadia Yosef explains that for any blessing to take effect, we must be active participants.
The Israelites shall camp each with his standard, under the banners of their ancestral house; around the Tabernacle they shall camp, at a distance. Rashi teaches that Jacob arranged his sons around his coffin in a certain order and that same tribal order was used to carry the Tabernacle through the desert. Judaism is not
And the LORD spoke on Mount Sinai: “When you come into the land that I am about to give you, the land shall keep a Sabbath to the LORD.” Rashi asks why the Torah expressly mentions the Sabbatical year as a commandment that was taught at Sinai. During the Sabbatical year tilling the soil is