Parashat Sh’lach-Lecha (שְׁלַח־לְךָ) & 40 Years?

     This week’s Torah portion, Parashat Shelach Lechah  (פָּרָשַׁת שְׁלַח־לְךָ),  is the 37th (37/54 or 52, depending on the year: this year, 5782, we read 54 separate parshiot…) reading in the annual cycle, and the fourth parashah in the book of B’midbar/Numbers. 

   Ok, so this week’s full reading has Moshe sending out for himself spies, bad reports, collective punishment, a stoning, and  Tzitzit (the blue fringes, sorry, now white fringes, on the Talit (prayer shawl)).   It’s a pretty iconic parashah on having faith even when things look bad, or so we’re told.  Problem is, it also looks like heavy-handed hierarchy.  I generally try to avoid the discussions on this parashah, because it has never been comfortable for me.   I’m too exhausted to think much, so I will add more thoughts next year.

     I look forward to hearing your opinions on this parashah, Thoughtful Readers.

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-Shira   

 

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4 thoughts on “Parashat Sh’lach-Lecha (שְׁלַח־לְךָ) & 40 Years?

  1. The Bible does contain those cringe-worthy passages, yes. I suppose we are supposed to argue against them.

    I recall a time years ago, at St. Gregory the Great Episcopal Church, Athens, Georgia. The lector had completed reading one of these cringe-worthy passages then said, “The word of the Lord.” A pregnant pause followed. Then the congregation reluctantly repeated its liturgical response: “Thanks be to God.”

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