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Shabbat Hoody Highlights & Rav Alex Israel on the Parsha

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Early Shabbat in most shuls at 5.55 or 6.

Regular Shabbat times: In at 7.12, Out at 8.29.

Things on over Shabbat:

Eretz Chemdah, 2 Rechov Bruriya:

This week Rabbi Morrie Wruble will deliver the Pre Shacharit Shiur and Drasha

 8.00 am – Shiur. 8.45 am – Shacharit  (Sof Zman Kriat Shema – 9.07 am. Drasha followed by Musaf. Kiddush this week is being sponsored by Elizabeth and Jonathan Topper to celebrate the marriage last Sunday of Aharon to Tohar Buchnik.

Emek Learning Center, 64 Emek Refaim:

6:05 pm- Mincha
Candle Lighting is after 6:17 pm
Remember to say Kriat Shema again after 8:15 pm

Last time to say Shema 9:06 am
8:00 am- Parsha & Halacha for Sh’lach: The Source and Purpose of Tachanun (נפילת אפיים) and its Halachot by HaRav Azarya Berzon
8:45 am- Shacharit
10:30 am- Children’s Service in the office with Ronnit Ledder

A Special Healthy Kiddush this week is sponsored by Rebbetzin Berzon
in honor of our dear Rabbi Berzon reaching the milestone of
4,000 shiurim online this week!
5:20 pm- Daf HaYomi with Rabbi Shimmy Wieder
6:10 pm- “Pirkei Avot: Gan Eden in THIS world! 
with HaRav Azarya Berzon
7:10 pm- Mincha
Followed by Seudat Shlishit
with Torah Thoughts from Benjy Singer
Ramban Shul, Amatzia 4: woman’s shiur at 4, Rav Benny Lau at 5.30. ( Ivrit)
Yakar, Lamed Hey 10: Big Kiddush after davening.
Katamon Shteiblech, minyan on top  floor at 8.30,followed by kiddush.
Nitzanim, Rechov Asher: Rav Shai Finklestein after mincha which is at 7.10.
Daf HaYomi: Hour before Shabbat out in Ivrit and English at the Katamon Shteiblech.
Shir Chadash:
Chopin – Parsha shiur at 8, davening at 8.45, Kiddush at 11.15.
45 Emek Refaim – davening at 9.15, kiddush at 11.15.
Rav Alex Israel on the Parsha:


The Spies come back with a negative report.

“We came to the land you sent us to; it does indeed flow with milk and honey… the people who inhabit the country are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large; moreover, we saw the children of the giants there. (Bamidbar 13:27-28)

They conclude:

“We cannot attack that people, for it is stronger than we.” (v.31)

And then they expose what really generated that conclusion. It is a sense of fear and intimidation: “The country… is one that devours its settlers. All the people that we saw in it are men of great size.”(v.32) These lines are clearly an exaggeration; just a few lines before, the people were merely “powerful” and a select few were giants. Now, “ALL the people … are of great size!” They continue: “we looked like grasshoppers to ourselves, and so we must have looked to them.” These verses reveal their low self-esteem – because they see themselves as grasshoppers, everyone around them look like giants! The spies sow fear because they themselves are terrified.

Actually, their facts are never disputed. When Moses addresses the nation forty years later, he says:

You are about to cross the Jordan to go in and dispossess nations greater and more populous than you: great cities with walls sky-high; a people great and tall, the giants… and you have heard it said, “Who can stand up to the children of giants?” Know then this day that the Lord your God is crossing at your helm, a devouring fire; it is He who will wipe them out. He will subdue them before you… (Devarim 9:1-3)

Moses agrees. Canaan is formidable: Fortified cities, a nation more populous than yourselves, giants. But, says Moses, we can do it because God will assist.

This is similar to Joshua and Caleb’s retort to the Spies:

“The land that we traversed and scouted is an exceedingly good land. If the Lord is pleased with us, He will bring us into that land … Fear not the people of the country, for they are our prey…Have no fear of them!” (Bamidbar 14:8-9)

– What makes the difference between the Spies’ intimidation and Joshua and Caleb’s confidence?
– Is this just a question of personality? – Some people are optimists, others pessimists. Some see the glass half-full, others see the glass half-empty.
– How is it that some people see a project as mission impossible, whereas others rise to the challenge?
– Is this about faith? Courage?

Read more: http://www.alexisrael.org/…/Shelach-Lecha-A-Question-of-Att…




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