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The Ohr Hachaim offers two possibilities why not to fault Moshe for the debacle of the spies. Moshe innocently thought that they were on an mission to find hidden treasures in Eretz Canaan and had no idea what the spies true intentions were. Moshe knew very well what the spies intended to do but since Hashem allowed them to proceed, it wasn't his place to &...


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The mission was itself a direct order from Hashem: וידבר ה' אל משה לאמר שלח לך אנשים ויתרו את ארץ כנען The Lord spoke to Moshe saying, Send out for yourself men and they will scout the Land of Canaan... (Bamidbar 13:1-2) In fact, the Kli Yakar says that לך means for Moshe's benefit: לפי שאמרו ישראל (דברים א כב) נשלחה לפנינו אנשים ויחפרו לנו את הארץ. לנו ...


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Rashi - says that according to your own judgement: I do not command you, but if you wish to do so send them. שלח לך. לְדַעְתְּךָ, אֲנִי אֵינִי מְצַוֶּה לְךָ, אִם תִּרְצֶה שְׁלַח; לְפִי שֶׁבָּאוּ יִשְׂרָאֵל וְאָמְרוּ נִשְׁלְחָה אֲנָשִׁים לְפָנֵינוּ, כְּמָה שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר "וַתִּקְרְבוּן אֵלַי כֻּלְּכֶם" וְגוֹ' Ramban says that based on Rashi it would ...


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