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A life without efforts - Shelach

Thursday, 18 June, 2020 - 7:22 am

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Have you ever dreamed of a life where you don’t need to wake up early to go to work? A life where you could dedicate your time only to subjects that really interest you?

You are not the first one.

When the Jews approached the land of Israel, Moses sent spies to explore the land, in order to plan the best way to conquer it. The spies returned with a pessimistic report: the land is indeed good, but its inhabitants are very strong. They concluded that: “We won’t be able to overcome them”. The people started mourning until G-d got angry and decided that all this generation would stay in the desert for 40 years and only their children would merit to enter the Holy land.

But… these Jews had just seen with their own eyes the Ten Plagues, the Split of the Red Sea, the giving of the Torah. How could they question G-d’s power?

Chasidut explains the deeper meaning of the Jews’ unwillingness to enter the land of Israel:

As long as the Jews were in the desert, they had all what they needed in order to live with no effort. The bread (the Manna) descended from the sky. Miriam’s Well accompanied them miraculously throughout the desert. Their clothes were growing together with them. In this way, they could completely dedicate themselves to study Torah and do Mitzvot. But when they would enter Israel, all these miracles would stop. They would have to cultivate the fields, graze the animals and generally get involved in physicality. They would have the ability to study Torah all day anymore…

The Jews didn’t want that. They preferred to stay in the desert and continue this spiritual way of life. It sounds ideal. Why were they punished so hard?

G-d has enough angels that fulfil His will without making any mistake, since they don’t have the “evil inclination” that we humans have. When G-d created us, humans, He was looking for something different.

G-d wanted a material world, where the good is hidden and the human reveal it. This can only be through keeping Torah and Mitzvot in this physical world, without separating ourselves from material life.

Let’s think of a way to bring G-d close to the material world this week, by doing a Mitzva.

Shabbat Shalom!

Hanna

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