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Facebook, Twitter, and the Spies

By Tzvi Fishman
6/16/2011, 11:57 PM

Guess what we will be reading in the Torah portion this Shabbos? The story of the Spies who didn’t want to come on aliyah to Israel. It’s the biggest sin in the Torah, for which G-d wiped out the entire generation. Since we have written several times about this tragic and shameful episode of our history, we won’t go over it again. In a nutshell, the Spies didn’t love the Land of Israel the way they were supposed to. Instead of doing what G-d wanted them to do, they were more concerned with their own honor, knowing that in Eretz Yisrael the nation would need a new type of leadership and that they would be out of their jobs.

To rectify their rejection of the Land, we have to love and embrace it. To rectify their speaking bad about the Land, we have to always look at its good sides. To rectify their refusing to make aliyah, we have to make aliyah in their stead.

But in order to truly love the Land and rise to the high level of faith that Yehoshua and Calev displayed in urging everyone to make aliyah, we have to learn more about its special treasures. Since Book Week has started in Israel, we recommend that everyone buy a copy of our book,  “Eretz Yisrael,” co-written with Rabbi David Samson, and based on the teachings of Rabbi Kook from his classic treatise, “Orot.” It’s available on the web now at:, or you can find it at Amazon Books.

If you want to really partake in the tikun of the Spies, and foster a greater love for Israel amongst our brethren, then buy extra copies for friends. Give the book to as many people you can. It has the power to change lives! At least send the link to every Jew that you know. Post it on Facebook and Twitter. Encourage everyone on your list to become a part of the Aliyah Revolution now!

Happy reading and Shabbat shalom.