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.
We can really Do Better.
Last week was: Parashat B’Haalotchah פָּרָשַׁת בְּהַעֲלֹתְךָ, & Double Standards ,
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Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BsCs