Numbers 13:1-15:41


Moses sends 12 spies to explore the Land of Israel. Ten of them convince the people that it will be too difficult to conquer the land. God responds to their lack of confidence by punishing them with 40 years of wandering in the wilderness. God commands the Israelites to put fringes on the ends of their clothing.

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God tells the Israelites to wear tzitzit (fringes).


Text Studies

Social Action and Environmentalism

Reputation is Everything
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Rerouting Goals
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Seeing Beneath the Surface
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Slowly Healing the World
Rabbi James Jacobson-Maisels, AJWS

The Eyes Have It
Rabbi Randy Sheinberg, Union for Reform Judaism

The Blue of the Ocean, the Sky, & Tzitzit
Elizabeth Richman, AJWS


How Do Activists Stay Active?
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Very, Very Good
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From the Denominations

Pluralism and Outreach

The Power of Perception
Rabbi Bradley Artson, American Jewish Unversity

The Sin of the Spies
Josee Wolff, Women of Reform Judaism

Sticks & Stoned
Rabbi Avraham Fischer, Orthodox Union

A Focus on the Here & Now
Rabbi Kerry Olitzky, Jewish Outreach Initiative

Fringe Story
Rabbi Lisa Gelber, JTS

Scouting for Self-Confidence
Rabbi Steve Greenberg, CLAL


Fringed With Faith
Melanie Kohler Levav, UJA-Federation of New York


Family and Fun

Parashat Shlah for Families
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Keeping Things in Perspective
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The Courage to Think Differently
Torah Topics for Today


Parashat Shlah Quiz
Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies


Parashat Shlah Challah
Julie Seltzer



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