• Gabbai

Shelach – Spies With No Strings Attached


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The spies were selected from the most pious of the nation. Knowing that this trip was fraught with the danger of losing faith, Moses mitigated the peril by sending only those who had the highest chance of making it through without losing faith. Nonetheless, 10 of the spies returned, reporting the land to be impregnable and impossible to defeat. Only Joshua and Caleb maintained their faith, urging the nation that the Lord would fight the battle for them and would successfully settle them in the land.

The people capitulated to the hype of the 10 spies and they cried that night, which was the 9th of Av, a day that started the trend in history for tragedy to befall at that time.