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Ch. 13, v. 2: "Eretz Canaan" - The land of subordination, "hachno'oh." This trait is paramount to merit living in the Holy Land. (Rabbi Menachem Mendal of Lelov in Likutei Divrei Dovid)

Ch. 13, v. 2: "Asher ani nosein livnei Yisroel" - Which I give to the bnei Yisroel - Eretz Yisroel was not given to the bnei Yisroel and it is permanently theirs. I continuously give it to them, NOSEIN, provided that they merit it. (Rabbi Moshe Yechiel of Ozhrov in B'eir Moshe)

Ch. 13, v. 2: "Asher ani nosein livnei Yisroel" - I allow you to send spies as long as they realize that "I am giving" the land to them and it will not come about as a result of their efforts. (Rabbi Moshe of Ujhel in Yismach Moshe)

Ch. 13, v. 2: "Ish ehcod l'ma'tei avosov tishlochu" - The Holy Ari z"l writes that each tribe has its own text of prayer, and that each enters a different gate of the heavens. This is alluded to in these words. Each man to the tribe of his ancestors should send (his prayers). (Rabbi Nachamon of Breslov in Likutei Mohara"n)

Ch. 13, v. 3: "Va'yishlach osom Moshe miMidbar Poron" - Midbar Poron is near the location where Miriam was punished for speaking negatively of her brother. The Torah stresses that they were sent from this location to show that Moshe expected them to come back with a positive report because he felt that they surely learned from Miriam's punishment to only speak positively. (Rabbi Moshe of Pshevorsk in Ohr Pnei Moshe)

Ch. 13, v. 16: "Vayikroh Moshe l'Hoshei'a bin Nun Yehoshua" - Targum Yonoson ben Uziel says that when Moshe saw that Hoshei'a was humble he made the name change. Moshe himself was so humble that when he was told to write that he, Moshe, was the most humble man on the face of the earth (Bmidbar 12:3), he attempted to minimize this statement by writing the word "onov" lacking the letter Yud. Since he decided to omit the letter Yud, it was his to use as he saw fit. When he noted that Hoshei'a possessed this trait to a great measure he bestowed the letter upon Hoshei'a, changing his name to Yehoshua. (The Holy Admor Sar Sholo-m of Belz in Midbar Ko'deish)

Ch. 13, v. 16: "Yehoshua" - Rashi says that this word teaches us that Moshe prayed for Yehoshua's welfare, saying, "May Hashem protect you from the machination of the spies." Why was Moshe more concerned for Yehoshua than for any of the others? The others had personal considerations that might stand in their way of doing Hashem's will. No doubt, they will come to their senses and do Hashem's bidding. Moshe was concerned that Yehoshua might have a "l'shem Shomayim" concern. If the bnei Yisroel successfully enter Eretz Yisroel, Moshe will no longer be their leader. Knowing that Yehoshua, his star disciple, was totally bound up with him, he feared that Yehoshua would bring back a report that would dissuade the bnei Yisroel from entering Eretz Yisroel, thus allowing Moshe to stay on as their leader. This "l'shem Shomayim" calculation would not be remedied on its own, so Moshe prayed for Yehoshua to act properly. (Rabbi Yaakov Yitzchok of Blendov in Emes l'Yaakov, K'hilas Yitzchok)


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