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Torah Talk for Parashat Shlach

June 29, 2016 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

In this parasha, Moshe sends scouts to explore the Land of Israel; ten of them convince the people that it will be too difficult to conquer the land, and Hashem responds to their lack of confidence by punishing Bnei Yisrael with 40 years of wandering in the wilderness. The people are given the commandments of meal offerings, libations, challah, and tzitit (fringes on four-cornered garments).

Everyone knows what challah is. It is the braided loaf that we eat on Shabbat. Actually, however, the Torah just refers to that as bread. Challah, in the Torah’s usage, is the mitzvah of taking off a portion of the dough and consecrating it. Read more >