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The weekly Torah portion of Shelach (Numbers 13:1–15:41)

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How was the Mekoshesh given the death penalty if the punishment wasn't known yet?

How was the Mekoshesh given the death penalty if the punishment wasn't known yet, so he couldn't have been warned, being that the warning must contain the exact punishment for that act?
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Forefathers' merits mentioned for the Golden Calf but not for the Spy Mission?

Inevitably, my rav is unafraid to admit what he doesn't know, but he will pose the question, anyway. I heard this from him during last week's Seudah Shlishit, after the herring: There are two sins ...
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Why did Moshe send these spies?

Rashi to Bamidbar 13:26, on the words וילכו ויבאו, explains that the spies left with the intention of slandering, just as when they came back. מהו וילכו להקיש הליכתן לביאתן מה ביאתן בעצה רעה אף ...
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What lie did the spies say?

In Bemidbar 13:27 Rash"I cites Midrash Rabba that says "there is no lie without an element of truth within it." In reading what the spies said about the giants who lived in Cana'an, and that they ...
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Text of manuscript of Ben Ish Chai found after Saddam Hussein’s downfall in 2003?

I heard in a shiur about manuscripts of the Ben Ish Chai found by American troops among 2,700 seforim and tens of thousands of Jewish documents in a flooded basement of Iraq’s intelligence ...
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Did the Erev rav had a role in the complaints of Bamidbar 14?

The עֵרֶב רַב is often connected to the הָאסַפְסֻף and often described by our sages as a group among the Israelites which caused and initiated a lot of the complaints made by the people. Did this ...
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What “really” occurred with Moshe having to ask G-d a “halachic” question? [duplicate]

I begin with Rashi's explanation on Vayikra 25:1 that says that all the mitzvoth including their details were mentioned to Moshe at Mt. Sinai. Assuming this explanation, why did Moshe not know the ...
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Is Tzelafchad mentioned in Bamidbar 27:1 the same man in Bamidbar 15:32?

In Bamidbar 27:1 we read of the daughters of Tzelafchad, who requested an inheritance. Is this the same man (Tzelafchad) as mentioned in Bamidbar 15:32, who was guilty of collecting sticks on Shabbat, ...
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Was Calev a convert? [duplicate]

I seem to recall reading or hearing somewhere that Calev was a convert to Judaism, originally being a Chiti, and that's why his descendants are called "Celavi." (For example, Shmuel I 25:3.) Was ...
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Unintentionally break the commandment of prohibiting idolatry

I noticed that Rashi (based on Sifrei 111:1) understand the sin described in Bamidbar 15 to be about idolatry, while the (O)JPS translation reads (verse 22): "And when ye shall err, and not observe ...
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“Fathers shall not be put to death because of sons, nor shall sons be put to death because of fathers” - Contradiction?

Devarim 24:16 Fathers shall not be put to death because of sons, nor shall sons be put to death because of fathers; each man shall be put to death for his own transgression. Here is a passuk most ...
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Why does Rashi cite Gen. 13:10 as an example at Num. 15:15, if it isn't really an example?

Sh'lach, 15:1–16, speaks of the flour, oil, and wine that accompanied certain animal offerings. Verse 15 says, in part: חֻקַּת עוֹלָם לְדֹרֹתֵיכֶם כָּכֶם כַּגֵּר יִהְיֶה לִפְנֵי ה׳ Pretty ...
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Why didn't Moshe abort the spies' mission? He had doubts!

What was Moshe's mindset regarding sending the spies? Specifically: He seemed to have his doubts because he blessed Yehoshua by adding the letter "Heh" to his name so Hashem should protect him. Why ...
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Why didn't the spies bring back a sample of all of the 7 species of fruits?

In Bemidbar 13:20, when Moses instructs the spies he tells them to bring back from the fruit of the land. As he didn't specify certain fruits, we would assume that he meant that they should bring a ...
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Spies punishment midda kneged midda?

Although the spies' punishment through their tongue makes sense for the lashon hara against the land, what is the 'measure for measure' regarding the worms in their navel? As Sefaria transcribes and ...
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Moses at Fault?

"Moses called Hoshea bin Nun Yehoshua" This teaches that he prayed that Joshua be saved from the spies' plans. (Rashi, Numbers 13:16) Do any of the classic commentators hold Moses at fault for not ...
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Why did Caleiv mention the quail?

After the meraglim gave their negative report on the Land of Israel, the Torah says (translations from Sefaria) Numbers 13:30 וַיַּ֧הַס כָּלֵ֛ב אֶת־הָעָ֖ם אֶל־מֹשֶׁ֑ה Caleiv hushed the ...
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Why was Tisha B'Av established as a day of crying for those who didn't sin?

Ta'anis 29a teaches that since by the Meraglim the Jews cried for naught, that night, which was Tisha B'av, would be established as a night of crying for all generations. Why should this be? What ...
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Why did HaShem “need” the punishment to be a day for a year by the Meraglim?

Rashi to Bamidbar 13:25 writes that since the punishment for the spies' false report was to be one year of wandering for each day in Eretz Yisrael, HaShem allowed them to finish miraculously in just ...
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Talking improperly about Eretz Israel

The Torah in Bamidbar 13-14, describes the story of the 12 spies in which 10 of them deceit Am Israel speaking slander about the land. This causes the people to fear and cry for no reason, leading to ...
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What's special about grasshoppers?

Why do the spies compare themselves to grasshoppers Bamidbor 13 (33) we saw the Nephilim there—the Anakites are part of the Nephilim—and we looked like grasshoppers to ourselves, and so we must ...
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Does teshuva remove punishment?

In Bamidbar 15, the text speaks of someone who commits an intentional sin (mentioning idolatry and blasphemy) and says that kareit is the punishment (if there was no warning) etc. Then the story of ...
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Why wasn't there a Levite among the 12 meraglim?

There was a representative, a leader, from each tribe. Why wasn't there a Levite presence among the 12 meraglim? Does it have something to do with the fact that the Levites have no dedicated ...
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Why was the punishment for the sin of the spies so severe?

Avot Derabbi Natan 9:2, commenting on Bamidbar 14:22, enumerates the 10 times that B'nai Israel tested G-d in the desert. The Mishnah states that G-d did not punish them until they spoke lashon hara ...
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What did the meraglim that Moshe sent eat?

What did the scouts that Moshe sent eat? Did manna fall for them in Eretz Yisrael (the land of Israel)? Did they take manna from outside with them and it didn't go bad, as when everyone went in 38.5 ...
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Understanding Avot DeRabbi Natan 9:2 about Lashon Hara

I am trying to understand Avot Derabbi Natan 9:2. It explains that B'nai Israel tested G-d 10 times in total in the desert, but G-d did not punish them until they spoke lashon hara about the land of ...
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Dageish in bin Nun

The Minchat Shai (by R Yedidya Norzi) at the beginning of Shlach says: נון: במקצת ספרי' הנו"ן בדגש, וכן כולם. וא"ת כתב הנו"ן רפה, וכן חביריו In some editions the nun has a dageish, and ...
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Kol Nidre: The strangers in their midst

I was reading about Yom Kippur, and I came across this response to the traditional recitation of the Kol Nidre: "May all the people of Israel be forgiven, including all the strangers who live in ...
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According to Bamidbar Rabba, why was Caleb so adamant about the fruit?

Bamidbar Rabba 16:14 has an interesting back-story for the giant fruits that Numbers 13:23 tells us the twelve spies retrieved from Canaan: ויבאו עד נחל אשכול - לא רצו ליטול מפירות א"י, אילולי כלב ...
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What is the root of the word ואורשנו in Bamidbar 14:12

What is the root of the word וְאוֹרִשֶׁנּוּ in this verse.? אַכֶּנּוּ בַדֶּבֶר וְאוֹרִשֶׁנּוּ וְאֶעֱשֶׂה אֹתְךָ לְגוֹי גָּדוֹל וְעָצוּם מִמֶּנּוּ
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Why did no women speak up to support Yehoshua and Kalev's positive report about the land of Cana'an?

As a follow up to this M.Y. question stating that women loved the land of Cana'an and very much desired to go there, why did no women support Kalev and Yehoshu'a's positive report? If it was a ...
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Why was Kalev allowed to lie to his co-spies?

Rashi on Numbers 14:24:1: רוח אחרת. My translation: A different spirit (intention) "Two spirits. One verbal and another in his heart. To the spies he said, "I am with you regarding your counsel", ...
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How old was Joshua at the time of the spies?

Num 13 and 14 discuss the spies sent by Moses to asses the land, among them Joshua and Caleb. Josh 14:7 says that Caleb was 40 when he was sent as a spy. How old was Joshua at the time of the spies (...
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Immediately after the sin of the spies, did B'nai Israel travel or did they stay in Kadesh?

There appear to be contradictory verses / explanations. Numbers 14:25: וְהָֽעֲמָלֵקִ֥י וְהַֽכְּנַעֲנִ֖י יוֹשֵׁ֣ב בָּעֵ֑מֶק מָחָ֗ר פְּנ֨וּ וּסְע֥וּ לָכֶ֛ם הַמִּדְבָּ֖ר דֶּ֥רֶךְ יַם־סֽוּף׃ ...
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Why weren't the spies afflicted with tzara'at (leprosy)?

Refer to Avot D'Rebbi Natan ch. 9 (ver. א. In summary, he comments on Numbers 14:22: surely all those men that have seen My glory, and My signs, which I wrought in Egypt and in the wilderness, ...
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Punishment of people who believed in the spies' report. How was it determined how long they should live?

Except for Kalev and Yehoshua, everyone over age 20 was destined to die within the 40 years wandering in the desert. Was there any criteria used as to how many more years a specific person was to ...
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Sidra question. Why did the spies in sh'lach become r'shoim and why then did Joshua send spies

The m'raglim were the greatest of the yidden. Even Joshua and Caleb had to be 'prayed' for or pray themselves they shouldnt join them. What was so difficult to bring about the 'correct' result. And ...
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From where do we learn that women did not accept the report of the meragelim?

Rabbi Eliyahu Mansour in his derashah on Parashot Wayaq'hel/Pequdei (@ 19:15-19:56) mentioned that, during Het HaMeragelim, the righteous women of 'Am Yisra'el did not accept the meragelim's bad ...
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Why does G-d say He will destroy the Bnei Yisroel after the episode with the spies?

In Bamidbar (Book of Numbers), after the spies come back with their negative report about Israel, God says: אַכֶּנּוּ בַדֶּבֶר וְאוֹרִשֶׁנּוּ וְאֶעֱשֶׂה אֹתְךָ לְגוֹי גָּדוֹל וְעָצוּם מִמֶּנּוּ. ...
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Why only sarei chamishim for spies?

The Ohr Hachaim brings down that the spies were sarei chamishim (leaders of 50). Why didn't Moshe send higher ranking officers as spies for such an important mission?
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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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The Spies Mentioning Amalek

When the spies come back, all of them (aside from Yehoshua Bin Nun and Calev Ben Yefuneh) return with negative reports of the land. Among these reports is a reference to Amalek: “Amalek dwell in the ...
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Babies born in Generation of Spies not entering the Land

Hashem says: “All who anger me shall not see [the land]” (Bamidbar 14:33) According to the Midrash (see חידושי מרן הגרי"ז who brings this medrash), this means that everyone, even the young children, ...
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Did all the tribes listen to their leaders in the sin of the spies?

Why did the tribes of Ephraim and Yehuda not listen to their respective leaders, Yehoshua bin Nun and Kalev ben Yefuneh in the sin on the spies? (See Numbers 13:2, which says they were leaders.) It ...
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Why were the Jews punished for 40 years if the spies were the ones who were there for 40 days?

Rashi (Bemidbar 13:25) implies that the Jews were in the Sinai Desert for 40 years in response to the spies being in the Land of Israel for 40 days. While the spies had 40 days worth of planning to ...
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Please explain the “apparent omission” of not including the women as the ones going into Cana'an after the 40-year wandering in the desert

I saw the explanation of how we know women entered Cana'an as listed in the answer to this question. My question is regarding what seems to be an omission. The original complaint of the people in ...
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Does God's forgiveness in Bamidbar (Num.) 14:20 contradict the fact that punishment was meted, nonetheless?

In this week's parsha, Shlach, we see in Bamidbar (Num.) 14:20, God says, "I have forgiven ..." Yet, beginning in the next verse and continuing until verse 35, God mentions punishing the people. Is ...
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Did women and Levites survive the 40 years in the wilderness?

In Bamidbar 14:29-30 God decrees the consequences of the people believing a bad report from the spies: בַּמִּדְבָּר הַזֶּה יִפְּלוּ פִגְרֵיכֶם וְכָל-פְּקֻדֵיכֶם, לְכָל-מִסְפַּרְכֶם, מִבֶּן ...
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First Use of the Phrase “Cheit HaMeraglim”

The negative report given by the people who are sent to scout the land of Cana'an before Bnei Yisrael go in, resulting in the punishment that they have to wander for another 38 years in the desert, is ...
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From which tribe were the Mapilim of Num 14:40?

A number of Jews tried to enter eretz yisroel after the incident of the spies (see Bamidbar 14:40-45). I would like to know from which tribe they came. I know that at least one person may have been ...