120 Words Sedra, SheLach

I am bothered by artificially sweetened interpretations of our weekly Sedra readings that are often based upon a question that is hardly legitimate, but is employed to create perspectives that are fantasy.

This week it fantasizes that the spies and the community who followed them, were motivated by lofty, inspired and holy energy.

But consider Gd’s words 14:23, “I swear not one of those who reviled Me will see The Land”.

The anthropomorphism indisputably points to someone consumed with anger, to a sin that remains unforgiven even after all of Moses’ pleading. Although this a meaningless and even a misleading picture of Gd, it is nevertheless the only image we can use, an image that is real to us because it is our experience. We would not forgive such betrayal.