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Interestingly enough in Torah Shleimah Vol 29 which discusses the unsual letters in the Torah - ָכתַב התורה ואוֹתִיוֹתֶיה - I can't seem to find a reference to this enlarged ס in either of the lists nor with a (possibly unreliable) text search. Also in Volume 39 - שלח there is no mention of the enlarged ס on this verse - meaning it is (probably) not ...


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I think the answer to the question is that there is no agreement as to whether the samech should be large. I thought it was universally agree eg the ayin and dalet in the first paragraph of shema. –


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The reason being that the Meraglim were never tried in a bet Din and therefor at no point was there any giving testimony. The Meraglim were divinely punished; no testimony, no witnesses, no Bet Din. At what point would you want the laws of eidei hachashato kick in?


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In his commentary to a similar verse in Exodus 20:4-5, Ralbag explains that the punishment that God inflicts on children for the sins of their fathers is not a direct punishment, but it is a natural consequence. He explains this by giving an example wherein the fathers commit a sin which earns them the punishment of being exiled among the nations. Their ...


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Here's a quote from the Talmud, Ketuvot 112A: רבי חלבו ור' עוירא ור' יוסי בר חנינא איקלעו לההוא אתרא אייתו קמייהו אפרסקא דהוה כאילפס כפר הינו ואילפס כפר הינו כמה הוי ה' סאין אכלו שליש והפקירו שליש ונתנו לפני בהמתן שליש § The Gemara relates that Rabbi Ḥelbo, Rabbi Avira, and Rabbi Yosei bar Ḥanina happened to come on one occasion to a certain place. ...


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The commentators point out that younger representatives had to be sent in order to be able to travel and examine the land. It was like a congressional delegation sending the appropriate staffers to report back what they found. Rav Hirsch explains: These were not the tribal princes, the נשיאי מטות אבותם, who are called ראשי אלפי ישראל, ראש לבית אבותיו ...


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Rav Hirsch says that the initial request was (as I say in Did G-d command or not on sending the spies?) presented in order to follow the idea that the Bnai Yisrael would have to start living a normal life. This is based on the way Rav Hirsch explains לחפור את הארץ. Rav Hirsch also points out that they were to then to see which parts were most appropriate ...


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Rashi in Shlach 13:2 explains that Bnai Yisrael had approached Moshe because they were supposed to conquer as a normal way of war. Thus, they asked to send men to determine which parts were most appropriate for the tribes. This seemed proper to Moshe and he asked Hashem what he sould do. As Rashi says: Send for yourself: According to your own ...


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I Reuven and Gad did not request the land on the east of the yarden until after it had been conquered. See Matos 32:2 which has them asking Moshe and Elazar Hacohen (after the death of Aharon in the fortieth year). In any case, they were still considered as having received a nachalah with the others as it had been conquered and made part of the land. The ...


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