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It may put your mind at ease to know a war was never waged against any nation until an opportunity for a peaceful outcome was offered. See Rambam here http://m.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/1188350/jewish/Melachim-uMilchamot-Chapter-6.htm Here's a direct quote in Hebrew. הלכות מלכים ומלחמותיהם- פרק ששי א אין עושין מלחמה עם אדם בעולם עד שקוראין לו ...


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My answer goes a long an altogether different track. The previous answers do not fully answer my questions. The yidden in the desert where on the highest madrega a dor deiah. These meraglim were 'n'siim' 'anshai shem' in other words the top. Hashem is trying to tell us something here like everything in t'nach it is not just a story. We find even though they ...


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The spies that Moshe Rabbeinu sent, although he wasn't aware, were sent with bad intentions. The people didn't trust that the land was great, but to Moshe they told a different story. Therefore some say (I do not recall who, right now) that since the Halacha is that a messenger has the status of the one who sent him, they got evil thoughts. On the other ...


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Rabbi Frand points out that they were not originally reshaim. They were righteous men who wound up rationalizing that it would be better for Bnai Yisrael to remain in the desert, living a miraculous life. Once they started rationalizing, they started down a slippery slope that led to their bringing a "bad report". Another point is that they allowed ...



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