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It wasn't a punishment, but a test by Hashem to show them that they weren't on the level yet to enter Eretz Yisrael. Only the new generation that hadn't been slaves could conquer the land. But the old generation really wanted to, but needed to be convinced. Why we suffer from this chet up to this day is another discussion.


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Here's my own idea: The nation's sin was to use their own judgement of the land, rather than follow what Hashem said. After the decree, they again followed their own judgement, ignoring Hashem's command not to ascend. This showed that their teshuva was flawed, since a main part of teshuva is being in the same situation, and behaving differently (Rambam, ...


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Their sin was too great for tzaraat and therefore they were punished with death. The general principle is that if a bigger punishment is given the lesser one is withheld. For example someone who sets fire to an object on Shabbat and gets stoned to death for it does not have to compensate the damage too. You might be asking, why not tzaraat "instead" of ...


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At the end of the day, it was a mitzvah from Moshe to the meraglim. Secondly, the fruits' incredible qualities were undeniable. Not bringing them back for klal yisrael to see would prevent the nation from making their own judgments about the land's bounty. At least Calev and yehoshua could make a stronger case with the evidence.


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According to some meforshim that is why they first went among the families in order to panic the people about their children. As a result, when the men of the community started crying and complaining, they too became afraid ffor their children and could no longer resist. As a result, the most they could do was keep quiet. The men were so panicked that they ...


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This comes from the Medrash on Parshas Pinchas, Parsha 21:10. The Medrash says that in that time the women fixed what the men ruined. They weren't part of the Egel and did not subscribe to the idea of the Meraglim. Just like the Egel happened without the women getting in their way, this happened too. What we see is that they lived the land and looked ...


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I shall give my answer here although it may be more appropriate to the question this is following up. The question really should be why is it that the women wanted the land and not the men. This will also answer the question why the women couldnt speak up and influence the men. In a previous answer I wrote the 'yesod' that the reason why the benai yisroel ...


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Although we often invoke Midivar Shekker Tirchack as the Torah's command not to lie, it is not really a biblical prohibition. That pasuk is actually discussing beis din and witness. When the Gemara discusses keeping your word in business it invokes another verse, הין צדק איפה צדק. This still does not apply to a lie in conversation. For that we have the ...


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The prime example given by the Talmud of an overriding reason to allow misleading statements is in the interest of maintaining peace (whether marital or otherwise). This would seem to be all the more so a compelling reason when the peace in question is between G-d and the entire Jewish people. See Yevamot 65b: וא"ר אילעא משום רבי אלעזר בר' שמעון: מותר ...


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Sefer Hadoros & Zemach David says Yehoshua was born in 2406 and the story of the Meraglim was in 2449, making him 43 years old.


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The original command was that they should turn around and travel back into the midbar. However, in Bamidbar 14:39 - 45 says that after Moshe Rabbinu gave the command, the B'nai Yisrael rebelled and tried to force their way into the land and were massively defeated. As a result of this, Rav Hirsch on Devarim 1:46 says that This "staying quietly" at the ...


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They spoke Loshon Hara about Eretz Yisrael. Perhaps there is no tzara'as in that case.


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Rashi to 14:33 says: לא מת אחד מהם פחות מבן שישים, לכך נגזר ארבעים, כדי שיהיו אותם של בני עשרים מגיעין לכלל ששים. Not one of them died before the age of sixty. This is why forty [years] was decreed, so that those who were twenty years old would reach the age of sixty. Each person died at age 60.


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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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