Inspiration Through Torah in 5776: Shelach-Lecha

The_Two_Reports_of_the_Spies_(crop)This week in the diaspora we’re studying Shelach-Lecha. This week’s readings includes the story of the bad report of the spies.

You may decide to read the whole portion in one sitting, or you might decide to do the FULL KRIYAH which breaks up the parsha so that you can pace yourself and concentrate on a smaller section each day.

This week, the readings for the Torah portion for each day of the week will be as follows:

1: 13:1-20 (20 p’sukim)

2: 13:21-14:7 (20 p’sukim)

3: 14:8-25 (18 p’sukim)

4: 14:26-15:7 (27 p’sukim)

5: 15:8-16 (9 p’sukim)

6: 15:17-26 (10 p’sukim)

7: 15:27-41 (15 p’sukim)

In addition to the Torah portion, the haftarah portion is Joshua 2:1 – 2:24.

The accompanying psalm to be read on Shabbat for this week’s portion is 64.

Continue to journal this week, writing down your thoughts, themes, and Bible verses that come to mind for the individual days, and/or week. If you’d like to focus on personal character development with a larger community, see “Mussar” below the Torah study materials.

Torah Study Materials

Reading materials

Torah Portion Study Guides from Tony Robinson

The Creation Gospel Torah Portions: Bamidbar by Dr. Hollisa Alewine


The Parsha Experiment from the AlephBeta team on this week’s parsha.

Torah teachings (from the Torah cycle 5772) by L. Grant Luton

Mussar (Personal Character Development)

This week, we will focus on the middah (character trait) ahavah which is translated as love.

Note: Fill out a 4×6 card; at the top write Ahavah (Love). Under this attribute, write out the suggested practices from the video above. Put this card in a prominent place to help you walk out this virtue in your day to day life.

  • To increase love of Hashem:
    • Observe His creation.
    • Practice gratitude.
    • Pray with intention.
  • To increase love of others:
    • Be willing to do a favor even if involves a disruption to your own life.
    • Practice being calm in conversation.
    • Be forgiving of others when they do wrong.
    • Be considerate of another’s time.
    • Practice positive speech.

Blessings and Shalom for a good week,