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Shelach-Lecha, 17 Sivan 5777

June 11, 2017

This week's Parasha is Shelach-Lecha, which literally means "Send forth." Creator asks Moses to send forth spies so that they may investigate the Promised Land. When the spies return they give their report and the people are terrified by the news. When faced with the prospect of having to battle for freedom, the people cry out "if only we had died in the land of Egypt! Or if only we could die in this wilderness!" And here you have the neverending human condition of choosing the easy path over the path that helps us to grow and transform. Kabbalah teaches that if we give and it doesn't hurt a little, then it is not true giving and we have not done a mitzvah at all. After you begin a new fitness regimen, your muscles may start to ache for the first week or so. When you begin to hurt, two things may pop into your mind: 1) This is too difficult and hurts too much, I give up. or 2) Even though there's some pain involved, I have a goal and I must reach that goal. The only way we are going to correct our own past and help repair the world is if we are willing to sacrifice a little and endure the initial aches and pains. Studying Kabbalah and applying it to our lives is not an easy task; it takes study, involvement in services (community prayer), and action. However, if we can stay the course then we will eventually see just how abundant and beautiful the Promised Land really is. May we be blessed to connect to the energy of freedom by taking part in the journey of spiritual transformation.

Shavua tov,


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Parashat Shelach-Lecha
Torah Portion:
Bamidbar (Numbers) 13:1-15:41

Haftarah:
Yehoshua (Joshua) 2:1-24

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