Monday, June 14, 2004

Shlach Licha

Shlach licha anashim: Send for yourself men
We’ve all learnt, as Rashi points out, that the “licha”, the “for yourself”, means that Hashem is allowing Bnei Yisroel to do as they please. If Bnei Yisroel want to send spies, Bnei Yisroel should.

My problem is that when Hashem says “Shlach licha anashim” it is a commandment. Hashem is commanding Bnei Yisroel to send the spies. If it is a commandment, how can Bnei Yisroel be doing it for themselves?