Shelach Lecha: I (Sort Of) Forgive You

Posted by Leon Morris on June 13, 2017
Topics: Pardes from Jerusalem: Weekly Parsha Podcast, Shelach


After the sin of the spies’ false reports, God wants to destroy the Jewish people once and for all.  Moses intervenes on their behalf, and God says, “I have forgiven in accordance with your word.” This powerful statement, salachti kid’varecha, is featured prominently in the Yom Kippur and Selichot prayers.  But when one compares the story of the spies with the earlier national sin of the golden calf, real questions emerge about how complete or not this forgiveness really is.

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About Leon Morris

Leon is the President of Pardes. He comes to Pardes from the Shalom Hartman Institute where he was Vice President for North American programs in Israel. He was also on the faculty of Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. Leon made aliyah with his wife Dasee Berkowitz (Pardes Year Program alumna 1994-95) and their three children in June 2014, after serving as the rabbi of Temple Adas Israel in Sag Harbor, NY. He was the founding director of the Skirball Center for Adult Jewish Learning at Temple Emanu-El (now the Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center) in Manhattan. Click here to read more.

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