June 19, 2020
27 Sivan, 5780
Parshas Shelach
Shabbos Mevorchim
MINYAN TIMES FOR SHABBOS JUNE 19-20
Candle-lighting - 8:13 pm
Earliest time to light - 7:03 pm
Friday Mincha - 6:45 pm (before Plag)
Shabbos Morning Shacharis Bircas Hashachar (Morning Blessings) 9:00 am
Mincha- 8:05 pm
Rabbi Fisch will teach a class between Mincha and Maariv.
Maariv and Havdalla- 9:14 pm
MINYAN TIMES FOR THE WEEK OF JUNE 21
Shacharis Bircas Hashachar (Morning Blessings)
Sunday- 8:30 am
Monday- Friday -7:00 am
Mincha
Sunday - Thursday - 6:50 pm

The deadline for registration for Shabbos Davening will be Friday June 19 at 1:00 pm.
RABBI FISCH DRASHA/SERMON
WAS DELIVERED ON ZOOM AND FACEBOOK
RABBI'S MESSAGE
Dear Friends,

In an increasingly polarized world, there is an expectation in many forums and discussions to respond to complex and nuanced issues in a binary manner. In the past one could communicate a measured and nuanced response. Now that seems like the distant past. A simple Yes or No is demanded to thorny issues like systemic racism, police reform, and many other controversial topics. In the Jewish World as well there is an expectation to embrace an attitude on which camp you must subscribe to. 

The narrative of this weeks parsha reflects the fallacy of such a mindset. The spies that were sent by Moshe to scout out the Land of Israel returned with an incredibly negative report. They reported that the natives were exceptionally strong and the Jews would face a humiliating defeat. The spies not only soured on the land but were especially demoralizing as well. The masses were crushed and were ready to declare mutiny against the leadership of Moshe. Upon careful analysis, the spies did not technically lie but were nonetheless responsible and bore the devastating consequences. There has been much commentary about the actual sin of the spies. I believe it was their inability to view the shortcomings of the Land of Israel in the context of the entire picture. Sure, the Land was not perfect and had (and has) its share of challenges. However, they neglected to see the larger picture and that G-d was giving them a slice of land on this earth to be a platform for G-dliness. The people got stuck in the weeds and couldn’t see past the negative report. 

The end of the Parsha teaches us precisely the opposite message. In the mitzvah to wear Tzitzis, it is mentioned that it must contain a thread of Techeilis or blue wool. The Talmud expounds on this that looking at techeilis should remind of us of the blue sea which should in turn trigger thoughts of the blue sky and eventually the Creator of the world. Initially, one is looking at a thread and one continues to expand his horizon and eventually sees G-d in the picture. If only the spies had this perspective, much pain and tragedy could have been avoided.

We live in complex times and a complex world. Things cannot be always viewed in absolute terms. It would be worth reflecting on the bookends of this weeks Parsha as a poignant reminder. 

Have a peaceful Shabbos,

Rabbi Yaakov Fisch 

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