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Two of the spies, Caleb the son of Yefuneh of the tribe of Judah, and Joshua the son of Nun
of the tribe of Ephraim, tried to persuade the people to go on, but they were threatened with being
stoned to death. As a punishment for not going on and carrying out God’s instructions to go up and
conquer the Land, the Children of Israel were destined to wander in the desert for forty years until that
generation, except for Caleb and Joshua had died out and only then would they be able to inherit the
land. (Num. Ch. .14 V. 33).
On the Seder night, we are reminded of this painful episode by remembering that in spite of
the spies, Israel did live in the Land of Israel and did bring the First Fruits to Jerusalem despite
Laban’s blandishments and the fears of the spies’. However in the midst of our joy of celebrating our
exodus from Egypt we still have to remember that “because of our sins we have been exiled from our
land” (Festival Musaph service). May the return to I...
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