5779 — Devarim: Navigating Conflicting Narratives–What Really Happened in the Story of the Spies?

Posted by Meir Schweiger on August 4, 2019
Topics: Pardes from Jerusalem, Devarim, Torah, Devarim (Deuteronomy)

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In this week’s parsha of Devarim, Moshe begins his parting words and speeches to the Jewish people, as they are poised to enter the Land of Israel. Interestingly, the first narrative he tells is the story of the spies, which resulted in the previous generation dying out in the desert and the new generation wandering for almost 39 years. When we examine this story in our Parsha, we see that it deviates, in a number of significant ways, from the way the account is given, in “real time,” in the book of Numbers. As we read the text very carefully and closely, we will examine the differences between the two narratives, try to understand what really happened, and attempt to provide an approach that might explain the discrepancies.

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Meir teaches Chumash, Parshat HaShavua, Mishna, Talmud, Halakha, Siddur and Interpersonal Relations at Pardes. Meir came on aliya in 1972 from “the Bronx”, NY, immediately after graduating from City College in New York with a B.A. in Mathematics and Physics. He did his advanced Jewish Studies at Yeshiva University, Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh and Yeshivat Har Etzion, receiving ordination from Rabbi Zalman Nehemiah Goldberg of Jerusalem. He received his M.Ed in Teaching Bible from the Herzog College in Gush Etzion.Click here to read more.

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