Heaven – or at least, the Garden of Eden, in its earthly embodiment in the land of Israel – awaits the generation of the desert. All they need to do is pack their gear and step inside. From whence the spiritual negativity that drove them from “heaven’s” door even as they were perched to enter? Their great failing remains for our generation to overcome and to correct. G-d, despite His great anger at their disregard for the land, blesses them with the commandments concerning the wine libations and the taking of challah, both of which are contingent on being in the land of Israel. In this manner G-d both comforts them that their children will someday enter the land, and instructs them once in the land of Israel, their Divine mission will be the rectification of the failing of Adam, the first man.
Shelach (Numbers 13:1-15:41)
Parashat Shelach is read on Shabbat:
Sivan 26, 5772/June 16, 2012