GrowTorah Core Value: Stewarding the Earth, Incubating Emunah
As Moshe starts his speech to Bnei Israel before they enter Eretz Israel, he recounts their travels through the desert, including the meraglim, wars with Sihon and Og, and the tribes of Reuven, Gad and Menashe settling on the other side of the Jordan. What can his discussion teach us about Eretz Israel? How can the values apply to us, in our homes and our gardens?
Lesson Title: Embracing Variety
How does Moshe's version of the meraglim's report differ from the version in Bamidbar?
- He recounts only the good things the spies said about the land and puts the negative onto the people
What values can we learn from these reports?
- acknowledgement and gratitude for the beauty of the land, communal responsibility
What does this verse and related commentaries teach about Eretz Israel?
- They mention and name each detail of the landscape; this recognizes the uniqueness of each aspect and shows their value separately, but also shows the value in the unified whole
How does this sugya add to our understanding of Eretz Israel?
- It highlights the variety of the landscape, and the importance of each tribe interacting with and connecting to each aspect of the landscape: hills and lowlands and valley and coast
What can we do to connect with and preserve varied landscapes?