The text, the interpreter and the author

16.06.2012                      26.Siwan. 5772                      Schlach Lechah

Judentum:

The text, the interpreter and the author

In parashat Shelach Lecha, the historical land becomes a mental space, where hope and fear are intermingled.

In the Book of Genesis, the Land of Israel is the real stage upon which the central plot unfolds. When Jacob's offspring leave Canaan and journey to Egypt, the Land of Israel is a real, living space in their memory. However, in the "seam" between the Books of Genesis and Exodus – when the last persons who still remember the Land of Israel die off – this land is transformed into an imaginary space. The historical land becomes a mental space, where hope and fear are intermingled….