Each Parashat is like a piece to the puzzle. One of my Kabbalah teachers once said that the spiritual work is like putting together a puzzle. It is only when you have all the pieces does it “light up.”

Remember, we are in the 4th step of our 5 phase process. Also, at the same time, remember, everything arises with its’ polar opposite. The more of this then the more of that. This awareness combined with the concept of Anicca are the two main components of our consiounseness if we wish to progress along the path at an accelerated rate.

This week’s reading from the Torah is called Shelach (שלח), an imperative verb that means “send out.” The portion is named from the first few words of the second verse: “Send out for yourself men so that they may spy out the land of Canaan” (Numbers 13:2).

The reading tells the tragic story of how the spies returned with a bad report about the Land of Promise and influenced the congregation of Israel to rebel against the LORD. Thus God consigned the generation of Moses to wander in the wilderness for forty years.