Shelach Videos

We’ve Got a Grape Show! We’ve Got a Grape Show!
Shelach Parshah Report
When Moses sent spies to scout the land of Israel, they saw giant grapes, got scared, and ran away. In this edition of the Week in Rejew, Jono interviews one of them (one of the giant grapes, that is).
When You Feel Like a Grasshopper When You Feel Like a Grasshopper
Does it matter how others view you?
What All Adults Should Learn From Children What All Adults Should Learn From Children
Parshat Shelach
Ever wonder why children are better at technology than adults? Psychologists think it’s because children approach problem solving differently…
You Too Are a Spy You Too Are a Spy
Something Spiritual on Parshat Shelach
Who Is the Problem? Who Is the Problem?
Growing Weekly: Parshat Shelach
Sometimes, when we encounter obstacles to achieving our goals, the problem is that we don’t believe in our own abilities. This is illustrated in the report of the spies.
Fringes (Tzitzit) Fringes (Tzitzit)
Video | 45:00
Fringes (Tzitzit)
Practical Parshah—Shelach
The commandment to attach fringes to the corners of our garments. What it means, and how it is done.
Moses’ Protest Moses’ Protest
Video | 40:00
Moses’ Protest
Parsha Shelach
After the debacle of the Spies, G-d threatened to annihilate the Jews and begin His people anew with Moshe. In his defense of his fellow Jews, Moshe seems to invoke a strange, even disturbing argument. (Likutei Sichos vol. 23, Sicha 2)
Where's the Fruit?! Where's the Fruit?!
Video | 40:00
Where's the Fruit?!
The Mission of the Spies
Moses had instructed the twelve spies to bring back specimens of the produce of the land of Israel to show to the Children of Israel. Strangely, Joshua and Calev – the only ones to remain faithful to Moses and the mission – did not comply and returned empty-handed. In explaining the justification for their omission, this class will offer a timely lesson on the nature of intent versus action. (Likutei Sichos vol. 38)
The Spies and the Wine Libation The Spies and the Wine Libation
What is the inner connection between the incident of the spies and the commandment concerning the libation of wine on the altar, issued by G-d directly thereafter? In answering this question, this class explores the mystical power of Tefillin and its effect on the world. (Based on the maamar L’havin Inyan Parshas Hanesachim 5747)
Undercover Disciple Undercover Disciple
Video | 45:00
Undercover Disciple
Torah Portion of Shelach
The bond between Moses and his disciple Caleb was not always known to all—even to Caleb himself.
The Journey of the Spies The Journey of the Spies
How to Study Torah - Shelach
Before entering the land of Israel, Moses sent twelve spies to scout out the land. Follow the spies on their journey through the Holy Land. Where did they go? Where did they stop? What did they see?
Parsha Gems: Shelach Parsha Gems: Shelach
Study some of the highlights of the weekly Torah portion with insights from various commentaries.
Parshah Insights: Shelach Parshah Insights: Shelach
Torah Interpretations of the Rebbe
Parshah Mnemonics: Shelach Parshah Mnemonics: Shelach
Decoding the hidden messages
The parshah of Shelach contains 119 verses and the mnemonic for it is the name Felet. Explore the coded message in this Masoretic note and its connection to the general themes of the Parshah.
Freaky Fruits! Freaky Fruits!
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Freaky Fruits!
Parshah Curiosities: Shelach
Moses selects scouts to inspect the Promised Land, and excite the people about their new home. Sadly most chose unwarranted negative reportage instead, dissuading the nation from journeying onward to Eretz Yisrael. To bolster their case, they harvest the land’s outlandishly huge and bizarre fruit using them to instill fear and despair into the hearts of the people. These insightful teachings shed sweet light on the sour grapes of this infamous story.
Beyond the Story of the Spies Beyond the Story of the Spies
Haftorah Hyperlinks: Shelach
Learn the profound connections between the weekly parsha and its related Haftorah.
The Secret of Personal Growth The Secret of Personal Growth
Sometimes the spiritual demands that Judaism makes on us seem a tall order. We may not attain all the spiritual ideals of Torah, but each of us is capable of making significant strides.
Learning the Haftorah: Shelach Learning the Haftorah: Shelach
The weekly portion from the Prophets
Kneading G-d in Creation Kneading G-d in Creation
A Taste of Text—Shelach
Why the mitzvah of separating challah is integral to bringing G‑d into our lives.
When Does Jewish Education Begin? When Does Jewish Education Begin?
Something Spiritual on Parshat Shelach
An alternate reading into the Torah’s words related to the mitzvah of separating challah provides instruction on when to begin educating our youth in yiddishkeit.
Don’t Get Consumed by Your Environment Don’t Get Consumed by Your Environment
Something Spiritual on Parshat Shelach
The spies negatively reported that the land consumes its inhabitants. We must ensure to positively influence our surroundings and not the reverse.
G-d's Names G-d's Names
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G-d's Names
Letters and Numbers of Torah - Shelach
When G-d wants to punish the people for believing the evil report of the spies, Moses pleads,"Now, please, let the strength of the Lord be increased." (Numbers 14:17) On a mystical level, Moses is asking that G-d express Himself through the Divine Name that is spelled aleph-daled-nun-yud and which represents the power of divinity that is hidden in nature.
The Mitzvah of Tzitzis on Five Levels The Mitzvah of Tzitzis on Five Levels
Learn all about the tallit and tzitzit, its meaning and special significance.
What the Spies Teach Us About Judaism What the Spies Teach Us About Judaism
Exploring Rashi’s commentary in theTalmud on the names of the spies
The Talmud teaches us that each of the spies’ names offers a glimpse into their wayward conduct, yet only one of them has a fundamental lesson for each of us in our lives.
Learning from Midrash on the Parsha: Shelach Learning from Midrash on the Parsha: Shelach
Teachings of the Midrash Rabba
Rabbi Gordon - Shelach: 1st Portion Rabbi Gordon - Shelach: 1st Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Shelach: 2nd Portion Rabbi Gordon - Shelach: 2nd Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Shelach: 3rd Portion Rabbi Gordon - Shelach: 3rd Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Shelach: 4th Portion Rabbi Gordon - Shelach: 4th Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Shelach: 6th Portion Rabbi Gordon - Shelach: 6th Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Shelach: 7th Portion Rabbi Gordon - Shelach: 7th Portion
Shelach: The Spies and the Minyan Shelach: The Spies and the Minyan
The Talmud deduces from the narrative of the spies that ten men constitute a congregation, thus the minyan which is used for specific sacred rituals. Why is it derived from the erring spies?
The Woman’s Three Special Mitzvot The Woman’s Three Special Mitzvot
There are three fundamental Mitzvos entrusted to every Jewish woman. Separating Challah “from the first of your dough” shows that before benefiting from anything in this world, we “set aside an offering for G-d.” By knowing that the beginning of everything is for G-d, the entire home becomes a dwelling place for Him.
What Was the Greatness of Aaron? What Was the Greatness of Aaron?
Parshat Behaalotecha
“Aaron did so; he lit the lamps toward the face of the menorah” (Numbers 8:3). We contrast a chassidic and a non-chassidic interpretation of this verse in order to highlight the revolution that chassidic teachings have brought to our understanding of G-d, Torah and our fellow Jew.
Laws of Tzitzit Laws of Tzitzit
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Laws of Tzitzit
Contemporary Halachah and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
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