Sh'lach L'cha

Send [Notables to Scout the Land]

Numbers 13:1−15:41

When Is Sh'lach L'cha Read?

/ 28 Sivan 5783
/ 23 Sivan 5784
/ 25 Sivan 5785


  • Moses sends twelve spies to the Land of Israel to report on the inhabitants and the country. Despite the positive report of Joshua and Caleb, the people are frightened. (13:1–14:10)
  • God threatens to wipe out the Children of Israel but relents when Moses intercedes on their behalf. To punish the people, God announces that all those who left Egypt would not enter the Land of Israel except for Joshua and Caleb. (14:11–45)
  • Moses instructs the Israelites regarding setting aside challah, the observance of the Sabbath, how to treat strangers, and the laws of tzitzit. (15:1–41)

Ten Minutes of Torah: Sh'lach L'cha Commentary

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Transforming Trauma

By: Beth Ellen Young

I was recently introduced to the idea of "Post-Traumatic Growth," (PTG). Originally explored in the mid-1990s, PTG sought to understand "positive outcomes reported by persons who have experienced traumatic events." This theory can help us understand the difference in the reports of the scouts in this week's Torah portion, Sh'lach L'cha, and God's response to the reports.

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Listen to Podcasts About Sh'lach L'cha

Listen to Rabbi Rick Jacobs discuss Parashat Sh'lach L'cha in these episodes of his podcast, On the Other Hand: Ten Minutes of Torah.

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