Paul Magy’s Shabbat Torah Study in the D–Parshat Shelach 5772–Rabbi Shere–Don’t Lead Yourself Astray

This week’s Parsha begins with the story of external spies, those who lead the Jewish people astray and ends symmetrically with a warning about our  internal, built in spies—our hearts and eyes that lead us astray.  The Torah says not to stray after your heart and after your eyes. (Bamidbar 15:39). Rashi says that the eyes see, the heart desires and the body performs the sin. Others take issue with that saying that if Rashi’s comment was correct, then the Torah would have mentioned the eyes first and then the heart. The truth must be that the heart desires and the eyes look for what the heart truly desires. Which do you think is correct? Do you see first and desire or take notice of what it is you desire?   If your heart is correctly devoted, perhaps it will not matter if you see something tempting.  Is it easier to control what you see or how you feel? If you cannot control either, can you control how you behave? Is that why we were given the mitzvah of tzitzit (talit fringes) to look at them and remember the mitzvoth (commandments) and avoid being led astray?

Learning with Rabbi Rachel Shere this Shabbat will definitely not lead you astray. Come join with us at 10:00 a.m. downstairs at Adat Shalom Synagogue.

Shabbat Shalom,

Paul Magy

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1 Response to Paul Magy’s Shabbat Torah Study in the D–Parshat Shelach 5772–Rabbi Shere–Don’t Lead Yourself Astray

  1. Dede says:

    That is perhaps one reason Tefillin are placed between the eyes and next to the heart. I think the two are equal, heart and eyes. At times we see the object of our desire physically and at other times we see it in our mind’s eye. We imagine something and crave it or yearn for it. Hence, the admonishment that we not go after our hearts’ desires or our eyes’ desires so we won’t be led astray as a result.
    Shabbat Shalom!

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