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SOTAH 34 - Dedicated by the Glick family of New York towards meriting a Refu'ah Sheleimah for the child Berachah bas Kaila Lieberman, may she have be blessed with a Refu'ah Sheleimah along with any others of our People who need a Refu'ah.


As soon as the Kohanim dipped their feet into the Yarden the water stopped flowing.
Rebbi Yehudah says that the water of the Yarden heaped up 12 Mil and Rebbi Elazar Bar Shimon says that it heaped up more than 300 Mil. (1)
While Klal Yisrael was in the Yarden Yehoshua stipulated that they must inherit the residents of the land and if not they will drown in the Yarden.
Yehoshua instructed Klal Yisrael to lift up 12 stones as a remembrance of the crossing of the Yarden. (2)
Each one of the stones that Klal Yisrael lifted from the Yarden weighed forty Se'ah.
When a person carries a weight together with someone else he can carry three times the weight that he can carry on his own.
The cluster of grapes carried by the Meraglim was carried by eight people with four poles.
All of the Meraglim carried fruit other than Yehoshua and Kalev. (3)
Hashem Yisbarach told Moshe that if you want to send Meraglim you may do so, but it is not a commandment.
The names of the Meraglim hint to their evil deeds.
Kalev separated from the Meraglim and went to Chevron to Daven that he shall be saved from the scheme of the Meraglim.
Moshe Rabeinu Davened that Yehoshua shall be saved from the scheme of the Meraglim.
Mitzrayim was the best of all of the lands except Eretz Yisrael and Tzo'an was the best land in Mitzrayim.
The worst land in Eretz Yisrael is Chevron, but it is seven times better than Tzo'an.
The best rams for Korbanos are found in Moav and the best lambs are found in Chevron.


1. The water heaped up until all of the kings of the east and the west were able to see the water.
2. The stones were placed at the feet of the Kohanim in the Yarden.
3. According to one opinion they did not carry fruit because they were Chashuv and according to another opinion the only reason the Meraglim carried fruit was to speak Lashon ha'Ra on the land that just like the fruit is bizarre so too the people are bizarre.


The Gemara calls the sending of the Meraglim a Chelek Ra. Why was it a Chelek Ra? The Netziv explains that sending Meraglim is a good idea if they were destined to conquer Eretz Yisrael b'Derech ha'Teva. However it is not at all needed if they were destined to conquer Eretz Yisrael in a miraculous fashion. Hashem Yisbarach wanted that Klal Yisrael would conquer Eretz Yisrael with miracles; however that is only possible if Klal Yisrael acts righteously and are fit to be treated in a miraculous fashion. The Chelek Ra that Klal Yisrael chose was that they wished to be treated b'Derech ha'Teva because of their reluctance to act with the righteousness needed to deserve to be treated b'Derech Nes.


Not every animal that is not Pasul may be brought l'Chatchilah for a Korban. What is an example? If someone is obligated to bring an Olah he should not bring a weak, emaciated Olah and say that it does not have a Mum. Anytime one brings a Korban he shall bring it from the best. At the time of the Mikdash they brought rams from Moav, lambs with broad backs from Chevron, calves from the Sharon, birds from Har ha'Melech, wine from Karchiyin and Halutiyin, flour from Michmash and Yochana and oil from Tekoa. (Rambam Hilchos Isurei Mizbe'ach 7:1,2)

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