The Torah Revealed: Talmudic Masters Unveil the Secrets of the Bible

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Torah Portion
Shelach
Numbers 13:1–15:41

DISPATCHING THE SPIES

(13:16) These are the names of the men Moses sent to explore. However, Moses gave Hoshea son of Nun the new name Joshua (Yehoshua).


The Jerusalem Talmud Teaches

Moses gave Hoshea … the new name Yehoshua R. Hoshaya taught: The yud that was taken from our mother Sarah when her name was changed from Sarai to Sarah (Genesis 17:15) bowed down before God and complained: Master of the universe! You have deleted me from the name of this righteous woman! God appeased the yud, saying: Until now you were the last letter of a woman's name. I assure you, the day will come when you will be the first letter of a man's name. This came true in the verse, “Moses called Hoshea son of Nun Y ehoshua” where the yud was placed in front of the name Hoshea, changing it to Yehoshua (Jerusalem Talmud, Sanhedrin 2:6).

(13:22) They went up on the south side, and he arrived at Hebron, where there were Achiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the offspring of the giant. Hebron had been built before Tzo'an in Egypt.


The Talmud Teaches

They went up on the south side, and he arrived at Hebron It should have said “they arrived at Hebron”! Rava said: This

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