Every Process that we begin in order to achieve any desire that we have challenges us, elevates us and enables us to settle in a higher position, a place from which we can better see what is around us.
This portion is known to all by Parashat Hameraglim. in English translation - the Portion of the spies. But the word spies is nowere to be found in the scriptures. If we will pay attention, Hashem request from Moses to people to explore the land, to scout the land.
‘And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying: Send out for yourself men who will scout the Land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel.
To scout means to gather information about something, so it is important to see that the Torah does not use the word spies but the word scout, in means of go about it as tourists who enjoy the smells, the sights and the beauty of a new and exiting place they are about to encounter. and so the land of Israel is a special place they are to gather information about.
The Zohar in general referring the word land to a wish, want, a desire or a yearn of some sort, rather than a physical aspect of a land. Therefor, we are to notice that the dressing of the Torah here is coming to proclaim a hiding notion that lays underneath the story within the text. We are to scout our will or our wishes – our desires – what do we want? What leads us? Where does our desire lay? and then, we have an even more profound question – who are the figures inside us we sent in order to address or to scout this desire?
And the text continues on: ‘You shall send one man each for his father's tribe'. Again, the request is to send representatives from all tribes. And it says that ‘All of them were men of distinction; they were the heads of the children of Israel. The delineation was compiled of an extremely respectful individuals. and then after we met with the chosen figures that were the most, supposedly suitable for this mission, than the base, or the origin of the needed direction arises.
'Go up this way in the south and climb up the mountain’. South is known by the Zohar as the aspect of the direction of Chesed. and we know that Sephirat Chesed is the represent of the flow outward emotionally – sharing, giving, and contributing and so on. Chesed is also the Midah - the measurement - in which God gives His graces, his favors, his divine gifts. So then we can say that the representatives, at their starting point, are messengers of expansion or the stretching-out of the divine gesture towards the children of Israel.
Also we know, and Rashi says, that when looking at the land of Israel from a geographical point of view, South or the Negev is a place of Desert, of thirst, a place of wilderness and desolation. And so from the most dry place that is wiped out of water, from a place of a desert and any kind of local inhabitant - that represents a lack of life - from this a place the representatives are to start our journey in the search or the seeking of life, or for a place that is suitable to inhabitant the living. Later, the representatives of Israel’s tribes are then requested to 'climb up the mountain' meaning, to start ascending.
The mountain represents a goal. Every process that we begin in order to achieve any desires that we have challenges us, elevates us and enables us to settle in a higher place, from which we can better see what is around us. The mountain allows us to view better our surrounding, whether spiritual or materialistic. When on a mountain we settle ourselves in terms of a wider perspective, from which we can than have a more profound and educated point of view. and than, from this high place, from the mountain, we are than requested to examine the nature of the land - the will, our desire. What is it? Where does it comes from? What is it that we strive for? ‘You shall see what [kind of] land it is, and the people who inhabit it; are they strong or weak? Are there few or many?
Moses ask the tribes representatives to examine the strength of the lands inhabitants, meaning, what could be the reasons that can prevent us from achieving that goal, this desire, and this will that we have. The land’s inhabitants represents powers, or forces, circumstances even. May they be external reasons or internal reasons in terms of what are we about meet when entering to the land, when coming face to face with our inmost deep desires.
Do we hold within ourselves faith and believe in the power of the divine to assist us even when circumstances do not seem to be playing in our favor?
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