Shabbat Sh’lach Lecha (Numbers 13:1 – 15:41)

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This is the portion where the 12 scouts go to scope out the new Israelite digs (Canaan) – and wind up with a huge inferiority complex. 10 of the scouts despair that they (the Israelites) could never succeed in conquering the Canaanites – people as big as giants they say – and start whining (again) about how much better it was back in Egypt. 2 of the spies (Joshua and Kaleb) keep the faith, but the consequences for the Israelites are pretty depressing.

So, limited only by the size of your car and the category of food which you have been assigned please bring something which is either very large, or very small.

Not sure what this Torah portion is about? You can find a brief summary in The Edible Torah’s “Condensed Guide to the Weekly Torah Readings”. For more information on what The Edible Torah is all about, along with insight on how to set up a pot-luck Shabbat experience, check out “The Edible Torah”.