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Parashat Shelach

פרשת שלח

ספר במדבר


Each tribe of Israel sends a man to explore the Land of Canaan and report back to the people. They return with grapes, pomegranates and figs after forty days of exploration, but they bring bad news: although the land is very good indeed, the cities are fortified and inhabited by very strong people. Kalev, son of Yefuneh, and Yehoshu‘a, son of Nun, however, reject this idea: “We can certainly do it”, they say. God rebukes Israel for its constant distrust and warns Moshe that this generation will not enter the Promised Land: it will wander in the desert for forty years. God also instructs about the tzitziot (fringes on the corner of the garments).

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