Parshat Shelach: Taking time to see the World

This week, we read Parshat Shelach. Moshe sends twelve spies to the land of Canaan. Forty days later they return, carrying a cluster of grapes, a pomegranate and a fig, to report on a lush and bountiful land. But, in the moment that Moshe was looking for good, ten of the spies warn that the land inhabitants are giants being “more powerful than we.” Joshua and Caleb, seeing the good in the land, insist that it could be conquered, just as Hashem had commanded.

In this text, it is powerful that among the bad that ten spies saw, Joshua and Caleb saw hope. They took the time to look around and although there were others on the territory, they still saw that there was enough room for themselves and the Israelite nation.

In our everyday lives, we must remember that there are always going to be people bigger and better than us. Like Caleb and Joshua, we must still see the good in who we are and all the light in everything that we have.

This Shabbat of Parshat Shelach, may we find the beauty in the world around us, no matter what circumstance. May we be able to rest and rejoice in the beauty of Shabbat and all that Hashem has given us!

Shabbat Shalom Umevorach, A peaceful Shabbat filled with only Simchah and Joy to all! 

About the Author
Sam Arnold of Farmington Hills, a freshman at Western Michigan University, belongs to Congregation Shaarey Zedek, BBYO and USY. His goal is to one day be ordained a Conservative rabbi. Sam’s goal is to “live a life full of passion and meaning.” He has volunteered at Forgotten Harvest and, as a member of the Jewish Fund Teen Board, helped allocate grants totaling $50,000. He’s volunteered at the JCC, working with kindergarteners and first-graders and at the Hillel Early Childhood Center Day Camp as a counselor. He also serves as chair of the J-Serve Teen Board Committee. He runs cross-country and plays the viola in the school orchestra. He attended the JustCity Leadership Institute at the Jewish Theological Seminary, the AIPAC Policy Conference and the Schusterman Conference as a USY representative. He was the Torah Bytes Fellow for USY Central Region and Shaarey Zedek’s representative for Motor City USY. Sam has worked at CSZ, Aish Detroit and Adat Shalom teaching Hebrew to third-through sixth-graders, and recently helped a congregant learn to read Torah and Haftorah for her 50th bat mitzvah anniversary. He is a regular Torah reader, Haftorah reader and Megillah reader at CSZ. He started his own blog on Times of Israel so he could share his love of Torah and his thoughts with the world.
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