This is just a "Torah-Tidbit" a midrash on this week's Torah portion, just hitting on the main ideas:
NUMBERS (B'midvar) 13:1-15:41
Adonai tells Moshe to "Shelach" (send) 12 spies to "spy" out Eretz C'naan" so, the order comes from G-d, "through" Moshe to the leaders of the 12 tribes. So, they go out, spend 40 days as we know, then come back with a "mixed" report
10 come back with a negative report, reporting GIANT problems, "HaAnakim g'dolim" "Hey, this land is a bad place, giants, big cities, Oi Vey, we came out of Egypt for this!? They were echoing Keith Green's song of the 80s, "So You wanna go back to Egypt"
However, Caleb and "Y'hoshua" come back with a positive report; "C'mon dudes, we can take it, take it all, ya know giants, the bigger they are the harder they fall, especially if Adonai "falls" them.
What is the difference between the two groups, First group is negative, and is spreading animosity, negativity, discouragement among Israel, That in itself is a great sin, to discourage others,
HOWEVER, Caleb and Y'hoshua, the name means YESHUAH (salvation) and we can look at Y'hoshua as a "Mashiach type leader" that will lead Israel from wandering without a permanent home, to their promised home, promised to Avraham, Yitzchak, and Ya'akov, the same way the "Chalutzim, the early pioneers of Israel paved the way to form a modern nation. Y'hoshua and Caleb, TWO out of TWELVE, the number 2 in gematria means "unity and division" Caleb and Y'hoshua were "united" in spirit with G-d, they were "echad" with Elohim, their minds were set on Adonai, that HE would bring the results, that HE would topple the giants, through the armies of Israel, yet they were divided from the rest of the spies, in their positive attitude, their positive attitude DIVIDED them from the negative mindset of the other 10, Result? we know, THEY were allowed into the promised land, where the others were not, they were destroyed, the people punished, yet they endured the punishment, yet went into the land, YEHOSHUA became the new leader after the death of Moshe, YEHOSHUA "saved" the people from 40 years of wandering to settle down in Eretz C'annan, now, ISRAEL.
What can we learn? Trust Adonai with ALL of our plans, Any problems? bring them to HIM, through prayer, and asking for wisdom and understanding. Avoid negative attitudes, avoid people that try and spread negative attitudes to you, or….turn a negative into a positive.
tzitziot, or fringes on our garments, are not only an identity mark, they are mitzvoth. But why don't all Y'hudim wear them? Good question. Many claim "well, I'm not "religious" If your parents told you to wear a tie to school, would you tell them "NO?" probably not, because they are OUR parents, Well, your Heavenly Father is telling you the same thing, it reminds us of his teaching and instruction, to wear tzitziot on our tallit katans or on our belt loops, yes, with the blue thread, why? because Abba says so, point blank……… ,,,,"and remember all the commandments of Hashem and do them, and that ye seek NOT after your own heart and your own eyes…. In other words, the tzitziot remind us to focus on HIS WORD, not that tzitziot are magic amulets, they are just "reminders" to direct us to Torah, since the Torah is Alive, (should be) in our hearts. ………..that you might remember and do all my commandments and be KADOSH unto your G-d…..one interesting thing to note, the word KADOSH in the Hebrew, when it refers to us, lacks the "vav" (o) so it would look like KADSH, What could that mean? why the lacking vav? it might point to our "lacking" of perfect Holiness, unlike Adonai who is perfect in all ways, we are lacking because of our inherited sin nature. So, how do we get right with a Holy G-d? TESHUVAH! repentance . It's a heart thing you know, a change of heart and mind to follow Hashem, love His Torah, let it(he) (same word in Hebrew) live inside of us………..Shabbat Shalom