16.06.2012 26.Siwan. 5772 Schlach Lechah
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….