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Parshat Shelach

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As is always the case, Hashem forced Moshe to learn these important lessons and articulate them for future generations. From Moshe’s actions and arguments we learn not only how a leader must fight for his people, but how he must objectively think to ensure the best future for his people. Pirkei Avot enjoins us not to judge our friend until we are in his position. This is not only true with respect to circumstances and context, but with respect to his perspective and outlook as well. Only by trying to see things as another person sees them can we hope to accurately understand a situation and decide on an appropriate course of action.

About the Author: Rabbi Dr. David Hertzberg is the principal of the Yeshivah of Flatbush Middle Division and is an adjunct assistant professor of History at Touro College.


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2 Responses to “Parshat Shelach”

  1. Louis Gavin says:

    Whilst I think your analysis of Israel's failure to step outside of its own intelligence assumptions is brilliant, I have to ask what kind of a God could possess the desire to destroy 'his' own creation? Is that not simply humanity 'mirror imaging' its own violence and irrational nature?

  2. Louis Gavin says:

    Whilst I think your analysis of Israel's failure to step outside of its own intelligence assumptions is brilliant, I have to ask what kind of a God could possess the desire to destroy 'his' own creation? Is that not simply humanity 'mirror imaging' its own violence and irrational nature?

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