Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Moshe's Recounting of the Sin of the Spies

In the 3rd Aliyah of Parshat Devarim, Moshe recounts the sin of the spies. As is known, the wording of Sefer Devarim is many times in a way to give reproof to Am Yisrael.

When recalling our sin, the evil report of the 10 spies is not mentioned.

דברים א:כה - ויקחו בידם מפרי הארץ, ויורדו אלינו, וישבו אתנו דבר, ויאמרו טובה הארץ אשר ה' אלקינו נתן לנו

דברים א:כו - ולא אביתם לעלת

Devarim 1:25 - And they took from the fruit of the land, and brought it down to us, and returned to us a word, and said "The land that Hashem our G-d gives us is good".

Devarim 1:26 - And you didn't want to go up (to the land) ...

As Rashi explains there, this is the testimony of Kalev ben Yefuneh and Yehoshua bin-Nun. Moshe leaves out the testimony of the 10 Spies. Am Yisrael went after the majority instead of Truth.

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