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Rambam Hilchot Avodah Zarah 3:1 עבודות הרבה קבעו עובדי כוכבים לכל צלם וצלם ולכל צורה וצורה ועבודת זה אינה כעבודת זה כגון פעור שעבודתו שפוער אדם עצמו לו ומרקוליס שעבודתו שיזרוק לו אבנים או יסקל מלפניו אבנים והרבה עבודות כגון אלו תקנו לשאר צלמים, לפיכך הפוער עצמו למרקוליס או שזרק אבן לפעור פטור עד שיעבוד אותו דרך עבודתו שנאמר איכה יעבדו הגוים האלה את אלהיהם ...


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Since when would the rabbis permit worship of idols in any manner? Obviously they shouldn't but since they were human they were capable of making a mistake about whether something falls into the category of Avodah Zora or not. The Mishna in Horayos 1:3 says if Beis Din makes a mistake as big as saying there is no Averia of Avodah Zora then they would not ...


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After the debacle with the spies, the parsha ends with parshas tzitzis which contains "וְלֹֽא־תָת֜וּרוּ אַחֲרֵ֤י לְבַבְכֶם֙". That seems to be the moral of the story of the spies in brief. Just to develop this answer a bit, in the first pasuk of the next parsha (Korach), Rashi "ודתן ואבירם" brings how Korach used tzitzis with techeles to ...


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So the Malbim gives a very lengthy answer to the last part of your question as to why Yehoshua sent spies especially given the previous failure in parsha shelach lecha (ספר יהושע עם פירוש המלבי"ם (ב:א איך שלח יהושע מרגלים אחרי שראה הרע שנמשך משליחות המרגלים בימי משה? How did Yehoshua send spies after he saw the bad that resulted from sending spies in ...


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There is rather a long and interesting Ohr aHaim on the word "lecha". I will make it very simple and short. 1."lecha" means permission and not command. 2."lecha" refers to "anashim", i.e. when they are close to you, Moshe, - they are tzadikim but when they are away from you - they are reshaim. 3."lecha" gives ...


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Rabbi Elyashiv says Yehoshua as Moshe's talmid there would have been no doubt we wouldn't do anything wrong, all the Meraglim know this. Moshe therefore was worried that if things turned out badly they would possibly try and kill yehoshua, and yehoshua would take a strong open stand about this, so Moshe davened so that Yehoshua would be unharmed. Calev was ...


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