22 Sivan 5777
16th June 2017
Moses sent twelve spies to the land of Canaan. They returned forty days later, carrying grapes, a pomegranate and a fig, to report on a lush and bountiful land. Ten of the spies warned Moses that the people of Canaan were giants and powerful warriors; only Caleb and Joshua said that the land could be conquered, as G‑d had commanded.
The people were scared and said they would rather return to Egypt. G‑d was angry and said they could not go to Canaan for 40 years, during which time that entire generation will die out in the desert. A group who felt sorry for what they had done stormed the mountain on the border of the Land. They were beaten by the Amalekites and Canaanites.
This parsha gives the laws of the menachot (offerings of meal, oil and wine), and the mitzvah to consecrate a portion of the dough (challah) to G‑d when making bread. A man who violated the Shabbat by gathering sticks, was put to death. G‑d instructed men to put fringes (tzitzit) on the four corners of their garments, to remind wearers to fulfil the mitzvot (divine commandments).
YR: giving thanks for food
Y2: If you have nothing good to say, say nothing at all
Y3: thanking G-d and remembering the commandments
Y4: having a positive attitude