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Shelach Lecha – “Send for yourself” or “Send to yourself” – is the fourth Torah portion of the Book of Numbers. It offers us two challenging narratives, the story of the Spies and the story of the Sabbath violator, along with three commandments:
- Take Challah – Set aside a portion of dough for the priests.
- Wear tzitzit [fringes] on four-cornered garments.
- Do not go astray after your whims or what you see with your eyes.
Here are seven different divrei Torah on the portion:
The Faith of Women is Overlooked and the Result is Catastrophic by Rabbi Sylvia Rothschild
Larger than Life by Rabbi Rachel Barenblat
What’s Your Confidence Quotient? by Rabbi David Ackerman
Moses Stays God’s Wrath… Again! by Rabbi Stephen Fuchs
Hope in the Darkness of Fear by Rabbi Vered L. Harris
What Does Changing Your Mind Say About You? by Hannah Perlberger
A Jewish Birthday by Rabbi Ruth Adar