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10:00am [10:00am] Important Reminder: Shabbat for Iser Lipnik Bar Mitzvah 6.05.2021

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Shabbat Shalom Everyone! 
Mazel Tov to Iser Lipnik, and his Family, on the Occasion of his becoming a Bar-Mitzvah!

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Main Ideas in Shelach Lekha: "Send for Yourself" (Numbers 13:1-15:41) 12 spies are dispatched to survey the land of Canaan. 2 of the spies return with a positive report – one is Caleb, and the other is Joshua. Law of wearing fringes (Tzitzit).

Parashat Shelach Lekha or Shlach, to abbreviate the name, is a compelling narrative. The Israelites are into year number 2 from the Exodus from Egypt. They should be able to enter the Land with weeks if not days; yet, by the end of this narrative, they are destined to wander almost another 39 years. What happened? Just a little something called "Societal/National Hysteria", that's all.

They decide that it may be prudent to send a representative, a chieftain, from each tribe to scout out the Promised Land. Makes sense, when you want to buy something new, or move somewhere else, you investigate before you take action. 

This is somewhat a different paradigm; after all, HaShem has promised this land to them, if they do as told, no worries. Why the need to take a sneak-peek? Moses consults with God, Who said, "I have told them that the Land is good, but, I'll let them test my veracity, at the risk of being misled and losing their chance to enter the Land." God is saying, Shelach Lekha, "Send for yourselves", as if to say,"to satisfy your own curiosity, go ahead, let's see what you are made of".

So they go, and in 4 short verses (13:21-24), 40 days go by, and we don't learn much in these 4 verses except that they see large people and an abundance of beautiful fruit which they harvest, and utilizing 8 men/4 poles in the formation of a hashtag # to carry the bounty back to Moses and the People. What(?) no one saw them during 40 days of scouting and harvesting and carrying such a load? No interaction, or confrontation with any of the Canaanite peoples? Sounds like a nice camping trip or these are the first recruits of the Mossad. You'd expect something positive to be the outcome of such an uneventful 40 day excursion.

Instead of something positive the following were set into motion:

•10 witnesses put a negative spin in their report.
•Their viewpoint caught fire & caused a panic in the masses (False/fake news).
•Being afraid to do something, once you’ve arrived at the moment for doing it, despite all of the preparation.
•Caleb  & Joshua are the 2 that came back with encouragement; yet were shut down. Imagine having a view that is rational and true and opposed to the majority, and being strong enough, bursting past any wall of fear to say it, "I maybe lose my livelihood, blacklisted, unable to support my family."
•The evening of this day, was Tish’a B’Av, it was a night of collapsed hopes, full of sorrowful tears and disappointment. 
•Moses and Aaron “fell on there faces” (14:5) in despair.
•Joshua and Caleb tore their garments in mourning.
•HaShem is angry and Moses pleads for HaShem’s (17-18) mercy instead of destruction, and HaShem acquiesces and decrees 40 years of wandering so that this generation (20 years old and above will die out in the wilderness, only Joshua and Caleb will remain, to enter the Promised Land with the next generation.)

This week Oren Gross, a University of Minnesota Law professor, who also taught in the Center for Jewish Studies (CJS),  like Moses and Aaron "fell on his face" in despair. Like Joshua and Caleb, he was shut down and isolated.

Professor Gross had had-enough of all of the anti-Zionist propaganda amongst the leaders of the department, and their silence on antisemitism. Professor Gross had had-enough of the blatant altering of historical truths to match their anti-Israel agenda. He made a brave & bold move to resign from the department, where truth, it seems, has been inverted, sounding the drum beat of antisemitism which you can hear it loudly between the notes of their silence on anti-Zionism/Israel. Good for him, and good for us, we need such a tribal chieftain, an individual brave in the face of societal hysteria and adversity. Like Joshua and Caleb, I believe Professor Gross' example is worthy of entering into the Promised Land. I pray that we will not see the University of Minnesota's CJS wander for another 40 years? 

Shabbat Shalom,