Moses and the Messengers from Canaan
 (painting by Giovanni Lanfranco)

In this week's portion, Moses sends 12 spies into the land of Israel. All but 2 are punished when they return from their mission. Where did they go wrong? 
When Moses sends the scouts to survey the land of Canaan, he gives them a list of very specific things to investigate. He charges them: "Go up there into the Negeb and on into the hill country, and see what kind of country it is. Are the people who dwell in it strong or weak, few or many? Is the country in which they dwell good or bad? Are the towns they live in open or fortified? Is the soil rich or poor? Is it wooded or not?" (13:17-20). Twelve emissaries go out and return after forty days, reporting on what they saw in this exotic new land. All but two of the scouts are punished later; victims of a plague, they die in the wilderness.MORE>

The Spies Return
 (illustration by Wilhelm Ebbinghaus from the
 1908 Bible and Its Story Taught by
 One Thousand Picture Lessons)

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.
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  MORE

The Grapes of Canaan
 (watercolor circa 1896–1902 by James Tissot)

The haftarah selection is from the
 Book of Joshua 2:1-24.
the king of Jericho is alerted that there are Israelite spies in his city and orders Rahab to produce the men she is hiding. Luckily, Rahab is able to hide the men on her roof while her home is being searched. She successfully convinces the king that the spies have already left and can be caught if the king's men give chase. Continue
The Harlot of Jericho and the Two Spies
(watercolor circa 1896–1902 by James Tissot)


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 * TORAH *


 The Two Reports of the Spies
 (illustration from Bible card published
 1907 by Providence Lithograph Company)

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