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Torah Talk for Parashat Shlach

June 5, 2018 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; 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 [liquid offerings], challah [an offering of dough], and tzitit [fringes on four-cornered garments].

The maftir of this parasha (the last verses of the Torah portion which are repeated before the haftarah) is probably familiar to many of us from Tefilat Shacharit, the morning prayers, because we recite them as the third paragraph of the Shema prayer. Read more >