This week features:
The Twelve Spies: Whose Idea Was It, Anyway?
Torah’s Shortest Book: A Two Verse Reminder of The Way it Should Have Been
Everything was set and ready to go… and then – one calamity after another. That’s how it is when things disintegrate, and things just seem to go from bad to worse in this week’s Torah reading of Shlach, as we witness the twelve man mission of distinguished gentlemen from the tribes of Israel, who, with great fanfare and an official sendoff managed to enter the land of Israel, exit the land of Israel, and then just get everything all wrong. All that is, except from Yehoshua and Calev, who try in vain to rally the nation and avert the meltdown. Tzvi Richman and Yitzchak Reuven try to make sense of this the most devastating misadventure in the annals of Jewish history, and apply its lessons to today’s ongoing struggle to weed out doubt and reclaim the land.