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The Weekly Torah Portion of: Shlach
One of the main purposes of the Jewish People is to shine God's light to the world. This purpose can be accomplished in full only when the Jewish People inhabit God's Land, the Land of Israel. When Moses sent the twelve spies to reconnoiter the Land of Israel, their purpose was not only to investigate enemy positions, but more importantly, to begin to reveal sparks of Divinity in the Land.
Transforming Ourselves to
Ba'al Shem Tov taught that when a Jew finds himself in a particular place,
it is not by chance. Divine Providence has brought him there, so that he
can reveal Divinity in that place. Sometimes a Jewish soul
is born just to walk in a place where no Jew had walked before. When he is
connected to God, and especially if he recites a blessing or a chapter of
Psalms in that place, he elevates all the sparks that had fallen there.
Kabbalah and Chassidut we learn that the twelve spies, representing all
twelve Tribes of Israel, circled all the borders of the Land of Israel.
Their mission was to be holy spies--to spiritually sow the land and prepare
it for the entry of the Jewish People, when its hidden sparks would be
revealed in full. The spies failed miserably at their mission, leaving it to us to
rectify their sin. Wherever our feet walk, we must be holy spies, and make
the place in which we find ourselves a vessel for Godliness. This principle
applies in the Land of Israel as well as in the exile. Chassidut teaches
that wherever a Jew is, he must bring the holiness of the Land of Israel to
that location. When we fulfill this mission, we rectify the sin of the
spies, and transform ourselves to holy spies.
Spying Out the Divine
Pearls of Reality
Hebrew word for "spy" is meragel. The Hebrew for "holy" is kadosh,
whose numerical value is 410.
The Arizal points out that the
most basic Hebrew letters for this number are tav,
(400) and yud (10).
When we add the tav and yud of "holy" to "spy," meragel,
we receive a completely new word: margalit, which means "pearl."
The pearls are the Divine sparks, hidden in the deep waters on the ocean
bed. In order to become holy spies, we must know how to dive into the depths
of the ocean of reality and retrieve the holy sparks that have fallen there.
When we do so, we have filled our present reality, no matter where that may
be, with the holiness of the Land of Israel.
The Three-Staged Process
redemptive process has three stages:
soon as we leave the "point" consciousness of the exile, and begin the
actual progress toward redemption, we have entered a danger zone. The most
dangerous point on the line is the point where the line must transform to an
consciousness of "area" is essential for settling the Land. Kabbalah and
Chassidut teach that the secret of the spies is the vulnerable stage between
"line consciousness" and "area consciousness." Their purpose was to prepare
the Jewish People for the transformation from line to area. When they failed
at their mission, the entire process collapsed. Their psychological
breakdown became the tragedy of the entire generation of the desert.
the Zionist movement is in crisis. It must transform from the "line" vector
of progressing toward the redemption of the Land of Israel to the "area"
vector of experiencing and enhancing the redemption itself.
The Land is Full of Pearls
order to be holy spies, we must realize that the Land of Israel is full of
pearls, both spiritual and physical. While the Ba'al
Shem Tov said that the Land is full of spiritual riches, the Lubavitcher
Rebbe said that the
Land of Israel is also full of as-yet-unrevealed physical riches.
ultimate revelation of Mashiach
is that just as the ocean bed is covered with the waters of Divine
consciousness, the Land is covered with knowledge of God. With this
meditation in mind, we can tread on the ground covered with pearls of Divine
sparks. This is the true "area consciousness."
Opening our Eyes
is the week to become holy spies, revealing pearls in the Land and in each
Jewish soul. The Lubavitcher Rebbe said that we must realize that the
leviathan of the coming of Mashiach is already here. When we open our eyes
to see the leviathan and
the pearls, we rectify the sin of the spies of our Torah portion and
transform ourselves into holy spies.