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Weekly TORAH Portion 

The tzitzit (fringes) and tallit (prayer shawl) serve
as physical reminders of our connections with
previous generations and of the faith that 
sustained them and us.

This week's Torah portion, Shlah, contains several seemingly disparate stories. It begins with the story of the 12 scouts sent by Moses to survey the land of Canaan, and concludes with the commandment of putting tzitzit (fringes) on garments. Is there a connection between the two?
The parasha begins with the 12 scouts sent to Canaan. Ten of them return quite apprehensive about what they saw in the land. After hearing these fearful reports, the Israelites complain to Moses and Aaron, pining for their days back in Egypt. Needless to say, as leaders with a vision of moving forward, Moses and Aaron are dismayed
a summary of the portion
Shlah 2 

Eli Cohen
Israeli Agent in Syria
On May 18, 1965, the Government of Syria executed a man who, although a friend of the president of Syria, had none the less saved the State of Israel from being destroyed.
Moses sends scouts to explore the Land of Israel; ten of them convince the people that it will be too difficult to conquer the land; God responds to their lack of confidence by punishing them with 40 years of wandering in the wilderness
By Nancy Reuben

After the Levites are appointed caretakers of the Dwelling Place for God and the Sanctuary 
is anointed, God says to Moses, "Send out men to explore the land of Canaan which I am giving to the sons of Israel."

Each of the tribes of Israel sent a leader for the exploration. Moses said to these explorers, "See if the land is good or bad, fertile or lean. Are the people strong or weak, few or numerous? Are the cities opened or fortified?"
Haftarah of  Shlah
Two spies tour Jericho

The haftarah selection is from the Book of Joshua 2:1-24.

Parashat Shlah Moses sends 12 spies into the Land of Israel to gather information that will make the Israelites more enthusiastic about entering the Promised Land. The spies are also charged with scouting out the land for military purposes.

In the haftarah for Shlah, Joshua is continuing the mission that Moses began: planning a military crusade to conquer the land. Joshua sends two spies into the city of Jericho to survey the region and assess the military options. The spies lodge with a prostitute named Rahab, who lives along the wall built around the city. 

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