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Parsha Shelach

Parsha Shelach

Parsha Shelach שְׁלַח-לְךָ is the thirty-seventh parsha in the annual reading cycle. It is the fourth reading in Bamidbar (Numbers).  Shelach שְׁלַח-לְךָ is translated as “send for yourself” “Send for thee“, “Send“, “Send thou“, “send for thee“. Artscoll translates it as “Send forth for you“. I found five ways to spell it – Shlach, Shelach, Sh’lah, Shlach Lecha, or Sh’lah L’kha.

Parsha Shelach Summary

Parsha Shelach beings with the story of the twelve spies (scouts), their negative report and their punishment. It continues with the law of sacrifices and tells the story of a man who desecrates the Shabbat. It ends with discussing the ritual fringes (tzitzit).

Shelach שְׁלַח-לְךָ is the fifth word (counting the hyphenated words as one word) and the first distinctive word in the Hebrew text (see text below).

א וַיְדַבֵּר יְהוָֹה אֶל־מֹשֶׁה לֵּאמֹֽר:
ב שְׁלַח־לְךָ אֲנָשִׁים וְיָתֻרוּ אֶת־אֶרֶץ כְּנַעַן אֲשֶׁר־אֲנִי נֹתֵן לִבְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל אִישׁ אֶחָד אִישׁ אֶחָד לְמַטֵּה אֲבֹתָיו תִּשְׁלָחוּ כֹּל נָשִׂיא בָהֶֽם:

Parsha Shelach Readings

Torah: B’midbar (Numbers) 13:1-15:41
Halftorah: Joshua 2:10 (14) – 4:7
Brit Hahagaddah: Hebrews 3:7 – 4:11

Parsha Shelach Aliyah

First reading — B’midbar (Numbers) 13:1–20
Second reading — B’midbar (Numbers) 13:21-14:7
Third reading — B’midbar (Numbers) 14:8-25
Fourth reading — B’midbar (Numbers) 14:26-15:6
Fifth reading — B’midbar (Numbers) 15:7-16
Sixth reading — B’midbar (Numbers) 15:17-26
Seventh reading — B’midbar (Numbers) 15:27-41

Parsha Shelach Stats

  • Hebrew letters – 5,820
  • Hebrew words – 1,540
  • Pesukim (sentences) – 119
  • Lines in a Torah Scroll- 198
  • Double Count – 2 Doubles in Parsha Shelach שְׁלַח-לְךָ
  • Scribal Practices – 1
  • See Hebrew text for Parsha Shelach
  • Number of Mitzvot in Parsha Shelach – 3 (3)
  • Maimonides says: 3
    • Positive – 2
    • Negative – 1
  • Sefer ha-Chinuch says: 3
    • Positive – 2
    • Negative – 1

Parsha Shelach Scriptures

A1: 13.1–20A2: 13:21-14:7A3: 14:8-25A4: 14:26-15:6A5: 15:7-16A6: 15:17-26A7: 15:27-41Halftorah: Joshua 2:10 (14) - 4:7Brit Hahagaddah: Hebrews 3:7 - 4:11Copyright

Numbers (Bamidbar) 13.1-20 (Parsha Shelach, Aliyah 1)

Num 13:1  And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying:
Num 13:2  ‘Send thou men, that they may spy out the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel; of every tribe of their fathers shall ye send a man, every one a prince among them.’

Num 13:3  And Moses sent them from the wilderness of Paran according to the commandment of the LORD; all of them men who were heads of the children of Israel.
Num 13:4  And these were their names: of the tribe of Reuben, Shammua the son of Zaccur.
Num 13:5  Of the tribe of Simeon, Shaphat the son of Hori.
Num 13:6  Of the tribe of Judah, Caleb the son of Jephunneh.
Num 13:7  Of the tribe of Issachar, Igal the son of Joseph.
Num 13:8  Of the tribe of Ephraim, Hoshea the son of Nun.
Num 13:9  Of the tribe of Benjamin, Palti the son of Raphu.
Num 13:10  Of the tribe of Zebulun, Gaddiel the son of Sodi.
Num 13:11  Of the tribe of Joseph, namely, of the tribe of Manasseh, Gaddi the son of Susi.
Num 13:12  Of the tribe of Dan, Ammiel the son of Gemalli.
Num 13:13  Of the tribe of Asher, Sethur the son of Michael.
Num 13:14  Of the tribe of Naphtali, Nahbi the son of Vophsi.
Num 13:15  Of the tribe of Gad, Geuel the son of Machi.

Num 13:16  These are the names of the men that Moses sent to spy out the land. And Moses called Hoshea the son of Nun Joshua.
Num 13:17  And Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said unto them: ‘Get you up here into the South, and go up into the mountains;
Num 13:18  and see the land, what it is; and the people that dwelleth therein, whether they are strong or weak, whether they are few or many;
Num 13:19  and what the land is that they dwell in, whether it is good or bad; and what cities they are that they dwell in, whether in camps, or in strongholds;
Num 13:20  and what the land is, whether it is fat or lean, whether there is wood therein, or not. And be ye of good courage, and bring of the fruit of the land.’ – Now the time was the time of the first-ripe grapes. –

Numbers (Bamidbar) 13.21-33 (Parsha Shelach, Aliyah 2)

Num 13:21  So they went up, and spied out the land from the wilderness of Zin unto Rehob, at the entrance to Hamath.
Num 13:22  And they went up into the South, and came unto Hebron; and Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the children of Anak, were there. – Now Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt. –

Num 13:23  And they came unto the valley of Eshcol, and cut down from thence a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bore it upon a pole between two; they took also of the pomegranates, and of the figs. –
Num 13:24  That place was called the valley of Eshcol, because of the cluster which the children of Israel cut down from thence. –
Num 13:25  And they returned from spying out the land at the end of forty days.

Num 13:26  And they went and came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to all the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh; and brought back word unto them, and unto all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land.
Num 13:27  And they told him, and said: ‘We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it.
Num 13:28  Howbeit the people that dwell in the land are fierce, and the cities are fortified, and very great; and moreover we saw the children of Anak there.
Num 13:29  Amalek dwelleth in the land of the South; and the Hittite, and the Jebusite, and the Amorite, dwell in the mountains; and the Canaanite dwelleth by the sea, and along by the side of the Jordan.’

Num 13:30  And Caleb stilled the people toward Moses, and said: ‘We should go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.’

Num 13:31  But the men that went up with him said: ‘We are not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.’
Num 13:32  And they spread an evil report of the land which they had spied out unto the children of Israel, saying: ‘The land, through which we have passed to spy it out, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of great stature.
Num 13:33  And there we saw the Nephilim, the sons of Anak, who come of the Nephilim; and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.’

Numbers (Bamidbar) 14.1-7 (Parsha Shelach, Aliyah 2)

Num 14:1  And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night.
Num 14:2  And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron; and the whole congregation said unto them: ‘Would that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would we had died in this wilderness!
Num 14:3  And wherefore doth the LORD bring us unto this land, to fall by the sword? Our wives and our little ones will be a prey; were it not better for us to return into Egypt?’

Num 14:4  And they said one to another: ‘Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt.’

Num 14:5  Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the children of Israel.
Num 14:6  And Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were of them that spied out the land, rent their clothes.
Num 14:7  And they spoke unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying: ‘The land, which we passed through to spy it out, is an exceeding good land.

Numbers (Bamidbar) 14.8-25 (Parsha Shelach, Aliyah 3)

Num 14:8  If the LORD delight in us, then He will bring us into this land, and give it unto us – a land which floweth with milk and honey.
Num 14:9  Only rebel not against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us; their defence is removed from over them, and the LORD is with us; fear them not.’

Num 14:10  But all the congregation bade stone them with stones, when the glory of the LORD appeared in the tent of meeting unto all the children of Israel.
Num 14:11  And the LORD said unto Moses: ‘How long will this people despise Me? and how long will they not believe in Me, for all the signs which I have wrought among them?
Num 14:12  I will smite them with the pestilence, and destroy them, and will make of thee a nation greater and mightier than they.’
Moses Intercedes for the People

Num 14:13  And Moses said unto the LORD: ‘When the Egyptians shall hear – for Thou broughtest up this people in Thy might from among them –
Num 14:14  they will say to the inhabitants of this land, who have heard that Thou LORD art in the midst of this people; inasmuch as Thou LORD art seen face to face, and Thy cloud standeth over them, and Thou goest before them, in a pillar of cloud by day, and in a pillar of fire by night;
Num 14:15  now if Thou shalt kill this people as one man, then the nations which have heard the fame of Thee will speak, saying:
Num 14:16  Because the LORD was not able to bring this people into the land which He swore unto them, therefore He hath slain them in the wilderness.

Num 14:17  And now, I pray Thee, let the power of the Lord be great, according as Thou hast spoken, saying:
Num 14:18  The LORD is slow to anger, and plenteous in lovingkindness, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, upon the third and upon the fourth generation.
Num 14:19  Pardon, I pray Thee, the iniquity of this people according unto the greatness of Thy lovingkindness, and according as Thou hast forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now.’

Num 14:20  And the LORD said: ‘I have pardoned according to thy word.
Num 14:21  But in very deed, as I live – and all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD –
Num 14:22  surely all those men that have seen My glory, and My signs, which I wrought in Egypt and in the wilderness, yet have put Me to proof these ten times, and have not hearkened to My voice;
Num 14:23  surely they shall not see the land which I swore unto their fathers, neither shall any of them that despised Me see it.
Num 14:24  But My servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed Me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it.
Num 14:25  Now the Amalekite and the Canaanite dwell in the Vale; tomorrow turn ye, and get you into the wilderness by the way to the Red Sea.’

Numbers (Bamidbar) 14.26-45 (Parsha Shelach, Aliyah 4)

Num 14:26  And the LORD spoke unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying:
Num 14:27  ‘How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, that keep murmuring against Me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they keep murmuring against Me.
Num 14:28  Say unto them: As I live, saith the LORD, surely as ye have spoken in Mine ears, so will I do to you:
Num 14:29  your carcasses shall fall in this wilderness, and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward, ye that have murmured against Me;
Num 14:30  surely ye shall not come into the land, concerning which I lifted up My hand that I would make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun.

Num 14:31  But your little ones, that ye said would be a prey, them will I bring in, and they shall know the land which ye have rejected.
Num 14:32  But as for you, your carcasses shall fall in this wilderness.
Num 14:33  And your children shall be wanderers in the wilderness forty years, and shall bear your strayings, until your carcasses be consumed in the wilderness.
Num 14:34  After the number of the days in which ye spied out the land, even forty days, for every day a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know My displeasure.
Num 14:35  I the LORD have spoken, surely this will I do unto all this evil congregation, that are gathered together against Me; in this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die.’

Num 14:36  And the men, whom Moses sent to spy out the land, and who, when they returned, made all the congregation to murmur against him, by bringing up an evil report against the land,
Num 14:37  even those men that did bring up an evil report of the land, died by the plague before the LORD.
Num 14:38  But Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, remained alive of those men that went to spy out the land.
Israel Defeated in Battle

Num 14:39  And Moses told these words unto all the children of Israel; and the people mourned greatly.
Num 14:40  And they rose up early in the morning, and got them up to the top of the mountain, saying: ‘Lo, we are here, and will go up unto the place which the LORD hath promised; for we have sinned.’

Num 14:41  And Moses said: ‘Wherefore now do ye transgress the commandment of the LORD, seeing it shall not prosper?
Num 14:42  Go not up, for the LORD is not among you; that ye be not smitten down before your enemies.
Num 14:43  For there the Amalekite and the Canaanite are before you, and ye shall fall by the sword; forasmuch as ye are turned back from following the LORD, and the LORD will not be with you.’

Num 14:44  But they presumed to go up to the top of the mountain; nevertheless the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and Moses, departed not out of the camp.
Num 14:45  Then the Amalekite and the Canaanite, who dwelt in that hill-country, came down, and smote them and beat them down, even unto Hormah.

Numbers (Bamidbar) 15.1-6 (Parsha Shelach, Aliyah 4)

Num 15:1  And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying:
Num 15:2  Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them: When ye are come into the land of your habitations, which I give unto you,
Num 15:3  and will make an offering by fire unto the LORD, a burnt-offering, or a sacrifice, in fulfilment of a vow clearly uttered, or as a freewill-offering, or in your appointed seasons, to make a sweet savour unto the LORD, of the herd, or of the flock;
Num 15:4  then shall he that bringeth his offering present unto the LORD a meal-offering of a tenth part of an ephah of fine flour mingled with the fourth part of a hin of oil;

Num 15:5  and wine for the drink-offering, the fourth part of a hin, shalt thou prepare with the burnt-offering or for the sacrifice, for each lamb.
Num 15:6  Or for a ram, thou shalt prepare for a meal-offering two tenth parts of an ephah of fine flour mingled with the third part of a hin of oil;

Numbers (Bamidbar) 15.7-16 (Parsha Shelach, Aliyah 5)

Num 15:7  and for the drink-offering thou shalt present the third part of a hin of wine, of a sweet savour unto the LORD.

Num 15:8  And when thou preparest a bullock for a burnt-offering, or for a sacrifice, in fulfilment of a vow clearly uttered, or for peace- offerings unto the LORD;
Num 15:9  then shall there be presented with the bullock a meal-offering of three tenth parts of an ephah of fine flour mingled with half a hin of oil.
Num 15:10  And thou shalt present for the drink-offering half a hin of wine, for an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD.
Num 15:11  Thus shall it be done for each bullock, or for each ram, or for each of the he-lambs, or of the kids.
Num 15:12  According to the number that ye may prepare, so shall ye do for every one according to their number.

Num 15:13  All that are home-born shall do these things after this manner, in presenting an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD.
Num 15:14  And if a stranger sojourn with you, or whosoever may be among you, throughout your generations, and will offer an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD; as ye do, so he shall do.

Num 15:15  As for the congregation, there shall be one statute both for you, and for the stranger that sojourneth with you, a statute for ever throughout your generations; as ye are, so shall the stranger be before the LORD.
Num 15:16  One law and one ordinance shall be both for you, and for the stranger that sojourneth with you.

Numbers (Bamidbar) 15.17-26 (Parsha Shelach, Aliyah 6)

Num 15:17  And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying:
Num 15:18  Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them: When ye come into the land whither I bring you,
Num 15:19  then it shall be, that, when ye eat of the bread of the land, ye shall set apart a portion for a gift unto the LORD.
Num 15:20  Of the first of your dough ye shall set apart a cake for a gift; as that which is set apart of the threshing-floor, so shall ye set it apart.
Num 15:21  Of the first of your dough ye shall give unto the LORD a portion for a gift throughout your generations.

Num 15:22  And when ye shall err, and not observe all these commandments, which the LORD hath spoken unto Moses,
Num 15:23  even all that the LORD hath commanded you by the hand of Moses, from the day that the LORD gave commandment, and onward throughout your generations;
Num 15:24  then it shall be, if it be done in error by the congregation, it being hid from their eyes, that all the congregation shall offer one young bullock for a burnt-offering, for a sweet savour unto the LORD – with the meal-offering thereof, and the drink-offering thereof, according to the ordinance – and one he-goat for a sin-offering.
Num 15:25  And the priest shall make atonement for all the congregation of the children of Israel, and they shall be forgiven; for it was an error, and they have brought their offering, an offering made by fire unto the LORD, and their sin-offering before the LORD, for their error.
Num 15:26  And all the congregation of the children of Israel shall be forgiven, and the stranger that sojourneth among them; for in respect of all the people it was done in error.

Numbers (Bamidbar) 15.27-41 (Parsha Shelach, Aliyah 7)

Num 15:27  And if one person sin through error, then he shall offer a she-goat of the first year for a sin-offering.
Num 15:28  And the priest shall make atonement for the soul that erreth, when he sinneth through error, before the LORD, to make atonement for him; and he shall be forgiven,
Num 15:29  both he that is home-born among the children of Israel, and the stranger that sojourneth among them: ye shall have one law for him that doeth aught in error.

Num 15:30  But the soul that doeth aught with a high hand, whether he be home-born or a stranger, the same blasphemeth the LORD; and that soul shall be cut off from among his people.
Num 15:31  Because he hath despised the word of the LORD, and hath broken His commandment; that soul shall utterly be cut off, his iniquity shall be upon him.

Num 15:32  And while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man gathering sticks upon the sabbath day.

Num 15:33  And they that found him gathering sticks brought him unto Moses and Aaron, and unto all the congregation.
Num 15:34  And they put him in ward, because it had not been declared what should be done to him.

Num 15:35  And the LORD said unto Moses: ‘The man shall surely be put to death; all the congregation shall stone him with stones without the camp.’
Num 15:36  And all the congregation brought him without the camp, and stoned him with stones, and he died, as the LORD commanded Moses.
Num 15:37  And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying:
Num 15:38  ‘Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them throughout their generations fringes in the corners of their garments, and that they put with the fringe of each corner a thread of blue.
Num 15:39  And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the LORD, and do them; and that ye go not about after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go astray;
Num 15:40  that ye may remember and do all My commandments, and be holy unto your God.
Num 15:41  I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the LORD your God.’

Joshua 2.10 – 24 (Parsha Shelach, Haftarah)

Jos 2:10  For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea before you, when ye came out of Egypt; and what ye did unto the two kings of the Amorites, that were beyond the Jordan, unto Sihon and to Og, whom ye utterly destroyed.
Jos 2:11  And as soon as we had heard it, our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more spirit in any man, because of you; for the LORD your God, He is God in heaven above, and on earth beneath.
Jos 2:12  Now therefore, I pray you, swear unto me by the LORD, since I have dealt kindly with you, that ye also will deal kindly with my father’s house – and give me a true token –
Jos 2:13  and save alive my father, and my mother, and my brethren, and my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death.’

Jos 2:14  And the men said unto her: ‘Our life for yours, if ye tell not this our business; and it shall be, when the LORD giveth us the land, that we will deal kindly and truly with thee.’

Jos 2:15  Then she let them down by a cord through the window; for her house was upon the side of the wall, and she dwelt upon the wall.
Jos 2:16  And she said unto them: ‘Get you to the mountain, lest the pursuers light upon you; and hide yourselves there three days, until the pursuers be returned; and afterward may ye go your way.’

Jos 2:17  And the men said unto her: ‘We will be guiltless of this thine oath which thou hast made us to swear.
Jos 2:18  Behold, when we come into the land, thou shalt bind this line of scarlet thread in the window which thou didst let us down by; and thou shalt gather unto thee into the house thy father, and thy mother, and thy brethren, and all thy father’s household.
Jos 2:19  And it shall be, that whosoever shall go out of the doors of thy house into the street, his blood shall be upon his head, and we will be guiltless; and whosoever shall be with thee in the house, his blood shall be on our head, if any hand be upon him.
Jos 2:20  But if thou utter this our business, then we will be guiltless of thine oath which thou hast made us to swear.’

Jos 2:21  And she said: ‘According unto your words, so be it.’ And she sent them away, and they departed; and she bound the scarlet line in the window.
Jos 2:22  And they went, and came unto the mountain, and abode there three days, until the pursuers were returned; and the pursuers sought them throughout all the way, but found them not.
Jos 2:23  Then the two men returned, and descended from the mountain, and passed over, and came to Joshua the son of Nun; and they told him all that had befallen them.
Jos 2:24  And they said unto Joshua: ‘Truly the LORD hath delivered into our hands all the land; and moreover all the inhabitants of the land do melt away before us.’

Joshua 3.1 – 17 (Parsha Shelach, Haftarah)

Jos 3:1  And Joshua rose up early in the morning, and they removed from Shittim, and came to the Jordan, he and all the children of Israel; and they lodged there before they passed over.
Jos 3:2  And it came to pass after three days, that the officers went through the midst of the camp;
Jos 3:3  and they commanded the people, saying: ‘When ye see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, and the priests the Levites bearing it, then ye shall remove from your place, and go after it.
Jos 3:4  Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure; come not near unto it, that ye may know the way by which ye must go; for ye have not passed this way heretofore.’

Jos 3:5  And Joshua said unto the people: ‘Sanctify yourselves; for to-morrow the LORD will do wonders among you.’
Jos 3:6  And Joshua spoke unto the priests, saying: ‘Take up the ark of the covenant, and pass on before the people.’ And they took up the ark of the covenant, and went before the people.

Jos 3:7  And the LORD said unto Joshua: ‘This day will I begin to magnify thee in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee.
Jos 3:8  And thou shalt command the priests that bear the ark of the covenant, saying: When ye are come to the brink of the waters of the Jordan, ye shall stand still in the Jordan.’

Jos 3:9  And Joshua said unto the children of Israel: ‘Come hither, and hear the words of the LORD your God.’
Jos 3:10  And Joshua said: ‘Hereby ye shall know that the living God is among you, and that He will without fail drive out from before you the Canaanite, and the Hittite, and the Hivite, and the Perizzite, and the Girgashite, and the Amorite, and the Jebusite.
Jos 3:11  Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth passeth on before you over the Jordan.
Jos 3:12  Now therefore take you twelve men out of the tribes of Israel, for every tribe a man.
Jos 3:13  And it shall come to pass, when the soles of the feet of the priests that bear the ark of the LORD, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of the Jordan, that the waters of the Jordan shall be cut off, even the waters that come down from above; and they shall stand in one heap.’

Jos 3:14  And it came to pass, when the people removed from their tents, to pass over the Jordan, the priests that bore the ark of the covenant being before the people;
Jos 3:15  and when they that bore the ark were come unto the Jordan, and the feet of the priests that bore the ark were dipped in the brink of the water – for the Jordan overfloweth all its banks all the time of harvest –
Jos 3:16  that the waters which came down from above stood, and rose up in one heap, a great way off from Adam, the city that is beside Zarethan; and those that went down toward the sea of the Arabah, even the Salt Sea, were wholly cut off; and the people passed over right against Jericho.
Jos 3:17  And the priests that bore the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firm on dry ground in the midst of the Jordan, while all Israel passed over on dry ground, until all the nation were passed clean over the Jordan.

Joshua 4.1 – 7 (Parsha Shelach, Haftarah)

Jos 4:1  And it came to pass, when all the nation were clean passed over the Jordan, that the LORD spoke unto Joshua, saying:
Jos 4:2  ‘Take you twelve men out of the people, out of every tribe a man,
Jos 4:3  and command ye them, saying: Take you hence out of the midst of the Jordan, out of the place where the priests’ feet stood, twelve stones made ready, and carry them over with you, and lay them down in the lodging-place, where ye shall lodge this night.’

Jos 4:4  Then Joshua called the twelve men, whom he had prepared of the children of Israel, out of every tribe a man;
Jos 4:5  and Joshua said unto them: ‘Pass on before the ark of the LORD your God into the midst of the Jordan, and take you up every man of you a stone upon his shoulder, according unto the number of the tribes of the children of Israel;
Jos 4:6  that this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask in time to come, saying: What mean ye by these stones?
Jos 4:7  then ye shall say unto them: Because the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it passed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off; and these stones shall be for a memorial unto the children of Israel for ever.’

Hebrews 3:7-19 (Parsha Shelach, Renewed Covenant)

Heb 3:7  Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says, “Today, if you hear his voice,
Heb 3:8  do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, on the day of testing in the wilderness,
Heb 3:9  where your fathers put me to the test and saw my works for forty years.
Heb 3:10  Therefore I was provoked with that generation, and said, ‘They always go astray in their heart; they have not known my ways.’
Heb 3:11  As I swore in my wrath, ‘They shall not enter my rest.’”

Heb 3:12  Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God.
Heb 3:13  But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
Heb 3:14  For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end.
Heb 3:15  As it is said, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”

Heb 3:16  For who were those who heard and yet rebelled? Was it not all those who left Egypt led by Moses?
Heb 3:17  And with whom was he provoked for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness?
Heb 3:18  And to whom did he swear that they would not enter his rest, but to those who were disobedient?
Heb 3:19  So we see that they were unable to enter because of unbelief.

Hebrews 4:1-11 (Parsha Shelach, Renewed Covenant)

Heb 4:1  Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it.
Heb 4:2  For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened.
Heb 4:3  For we who have believed enter that rest, as he has said, “As I swore in my wrath, ‘They shall not enter my rest,’” although his works were finished from the foundation of the world.
Heb 4:4  For he has somewhere spoken of the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all his works.”
Heb 4:5  And again in this passage he said, “They shall not enter my rest.”

Heb 4:6  Since therefore it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly received the good news failed to enter because of disobedience,
Heb 4:7  again he appoints a certain day, “Today,” saying through David so long afterward, in the words already quoted, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.”

Heb 4:8  For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken of another day later on.
Heb 4:9  So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God,
Heb 4:10  for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.

Heb 4:11  Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.

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Parshoit List

  • Bamidbar – 34th Parsha – Nu. 1.1 – 4.20
  • Naso – 35th Parsha – Nu. 4.21 – 7.89
  • Beha’alotcha – 36th Parsha – Nu. 8.1 – 12.1+
  • Shelach – 37th Parsha – Nu. 13.1 – 15.41
  • Korach – 38th Parsha – Nu. 16.1 – 18.32
  • Chukat – 39th Parsha – Nu. 19.1 – 22.1 (DP1)
  • Balak – 40th Parsha – Nu. 22.2 – 25.9 (DP1)
  • Pinchas – 41st Parsha – Nu. 25.10 – 29.40 (30.1)
  • Matot– 42nd Parsha – Nu. 30.1 (2) – 32.42 (DP2)
  • Masei – 43rd Parsha – Nu. 33.1 – 36.13 (DP2)
Double Portions are read in the following years: 2023, 2026, 2028, 2029, 2031, 2032, 2034, 2036, 2037

  • Chukat | Balak – Nu. 19.1 – 25.9
  • Matot | Masei – Nu. 30.2 – 36.13



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Additional Links:




  • Hebrew in Israel – Torah Portion Shelach – Yoel HaLevi’s teaching series Learn Torah on Parsha Bamidbar
  • Hebrew in Israel – Haftarah Portion Shelach – Yoel HaLevi teaching series Learn Torah on the Haftarah on Parsha Bamidbar
  • Torah Pearls #37 – Shlach – Nehemia Gordan’s teaching on Parsha Vayikra
  • Prophet Pearls #37 – Shlach – Nehemia Gordan’s teaching series on the Haftarah for Parsha Vayikra – Isaiah 43:21-44:23



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