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What is the difference in meaning between לתור and לחפר with regards to spying the land?

I am combining concepts from this week's Torah and Haftarah: In the Torah portion, it says with the spies that they went לתור את הארץ (Bamidbar 13:16). With Yehoshu'a it says לחפר את הארץ (Yehoshu'a ...
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Why did Moses send spies who were leaders?

In Shelach Lecha, Moses, at the behest of the people, sends out twelve high ranking people to spy on Canaan. As we know, this wasn't such a success. Thirty-nine years later, Yehoshua (Joshua ch. 2) ...