“God is with us. Do not fear them!” (Bamidbar, chapters 13-15)
Calev and Joshua’s bravery has nothing to do with reality, but everything to do with faith, just as David Ben Gurion’s declaration of a Jewish State – ” Zot Medinat Yisrael” – on May 14th, 1948, was the greatest miracle of that period.
Because Ben Gurion put into words his faith-based belief in the justice of Israel’s existence, indeed God was there, behind our vastly untrained, ill-equipped nascent nation of 600,000 pioneers and Holocaust survivors with nary a fighter plane to combat the massive Arab armies that sought to destroy us.
Parshat Shlach Lecha is an eternal reminder that without faith, we are bound to see reality through fear-colored glasses.
With faith, the “realistically” impossible becomes possible.
It is only through faith, hard work and sacrifice, that the Jewish people has arrived to this day, to share over and over again this story of a generation destined to die in the desert, and a new generation that perceived with its heart and not only its head:
“Rise up and inherit it because we surely can!” and that “the land which we spied out is very, very good!”
Words have power. May we remember to praise our beautiful Land and courageous nation at every opportunity, and prove that we still merit our blessed lives here, along with all the responsibility.