Why Didn’t the Children of Israel Trust God?

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  1. Avigdor fried says:

    Excellent piece. Wanted to forward to Torah mate don’t see how to forward via email

    • admin says:

      Thank you for your kind comment! There should be a sharing by email option above the post, under the headline and date posted (among the other sharing options).

  2. Marina Rivera del Aguila says:

    Thank you for your article, so well and clearly written. However, in it I do not find room for us: people who believe Ha Shem is our God, read and study Torah and try to live by it and become closer to our Creator by following his mitzvot, BUT are not Jewish, neither Catholic nor Protestant. We just follow Scripture as best as we can without a man-made organization… We do recognize that had it not been for the Jews, who kept the “Books” one step away from God´s enemies, even at the cost of their lives, today we would not have Bibles to study from. It will be wonderful to have your answer. Respectfully, M

    • Dear Marina,

      while I’m not really sure how my article raised this specific question in your mind, I want to clearly state that there is no question whatsoever that the Torah is relevant to all mankind. Indeed, the messianic hope of Judaism is one in which all mankind is united in the service of God. However, just as the Torah applies different laws to the kohanim (Aaronite priests) than to ordinary Jews, it also applies different laws to Jews than to non-Jews. The laws that are binding upon a non-Jew are conventionally referred to as the “Seven Noahide Laws,” and cover the basic obligations of faith in God and ethical behavior.

  3. Marina Rivera del Aguila says:

    mysteriously, it was erased while signing it…

  4. Jodi Miller says:

    Dear Rabbi Abramson,

    I have a question about what you said about Klal Yisroel not being ready to go into Eretz Yisroel. You said that the midbar was used for “therapy” so it seems that regardless of the chait meraglim we would have needed to be in the midbar. Why do we attribute our stay in the midbar to the chait and not our own shortcomings from galus mitzrayim?

    Thank you

    • Dear Jodi,

      Thank you for your comment.

      You ask why we attribute our 40 year stay in the desert to the sin of listening to the spies and not to the shortcomings caused by their experiences in Egypt that led to that sin?

      My most basic response is that there is no real distinction between the two. When we speak of the sin of the spies, that is really just a shorthand for the spiritual shortcomings that caused us to commit that sin. When we say that we were required to stay in the desert for forty years because of the sin of listening to the spies, what we really mean is that the forty years in the desert was necessary to rectify the spiritual flaws that led to that sin.

      This is true not just in this case, but is a general principle that applies to all sins. When we repent from a sin, our primary focus must be on rectifying the underlying issues that caused us to sin in the first place. Otherwise, as much as we may regret the particular sin, we are virtually certain to repeat it, in slightly different form, the next time we encounter the same basic challenge.

      I would add that I believe that, at least in principle, if the Jewish people had been able to gather the strength to overcome this challenge, and demonstrated complete trust in God despite their recent experiences, then that would have made the forty years in the desert unnecessary. However, this would have been an achievement of almost superhuman spiritual strength, well beyond what God would normally demand from us.

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