Shlah

Numbers 13:1-15:41

To read the full text in English and Hebrew, click here: 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.

Click here for a summary of Shlah
Click here for a summary of the Haftarah
for Shlah

tzitzit
God tells the Israelites to wear tzitzit (fringes).

Text Studies

Social Action and Environmentalism

Reputation is Everything
Rabbi Andrea Steinberger, Hillel 
Rerouting Goals
Alana Alpert, AJWS
 
Seeing Beneath the Surface
Rabbi Neal Loevinger, KOLEL
 
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?
Nina Wouk, socialaction.com 
Very, Very Good
John & Miriam Schlackman, Canfei Nesharim
 
 

From the Denominations

Pluralism and Outreach

The Power of Perception
Rabbi Bradley Artson, American Jewish University 
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
Torah Topics for Today 
Keeping Things in Perspective
Torah Topics for Today 
The Courage to Think Differently
Torah Topics for Today 
Parashat Shlah Quiz
Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies 
Parashat Shlah Challah
Julie Seltzer 






Return to the index of weekly Torah portions.

Discover More

Guide to Weekly Torah Commentaries Online

Where to find podcasts, videos and essays on the week's portion.

Reading The Prohibition Against Homosexuality In Context

The sexual relationships forbidden by the Torah are intended to prohibit non-Israelite religious practices and abuses of power.

Tzitzit, the Fringes on the Prayer Shawl

Fringes for four-cornered garments.

Modern Israel at a Glance

An overview of the Jewish state and its many accomplishments and challenges.

What Do Jews Believe About Jesus?

How Judaism regards the man Christians revere as the messiah.

Converting to Judaism: How to Get Started

How to find an introductory Judaism class.

Israel’s War of Independence

Establishing a new nation and defending it

Judaism and Pets: Questions and Answers

What Jewish tradition says about cats, dogs and other companion animals.