The taste of Shabbat – Parshat Devarim 5776
Rav Mordechai Elon
We read in this week's parsha about the sin of the spies , as told by Moshe, after forty years, to the son's of the original sinners. This is a generation that for the last few decades have been burying their ancestors. There are many differences in the story told in "real time" in Parshat Shelach to how it is told this week . I would like to deal with two differences that usually are not noticed.
We are all certain that main guilty party in the sin of the spies are the spies… . They spied, they came back, they spoke slander – and then they caused all the people to cry. Well, surprise! If you read the story in our parsha , we find that there is not even a hint of guilt mentioned against the spies. Furthermore – according to the story told by Moshe , they themselves did not sin;
וַיִּקְח֤וּ בְיָדָם֙ מִפְּרִ֣י הָאָ֔רֶץ וַיּוֹרִ֖דוּ אֵלֵ֑ינוּ וַיָּשִׁ֨בוּ אֹתָ֤נוּ דָבָר֙ וַיֹּ֣אמְר֔וּ טוֹבָ֣ה הָאָ֔רֶץ אֲשֶׁר הָ֥' אֱלֹהֵ֖ינוּ נֹתֵ֥ן לָֽנוּ.
And they took some of the fruit of the land in their hand[s] and brought it down to us, brought us back word, and said, "The land the Lord, our God, is giving us is good."
A Good land! So, who is to blame?