Skip to main content

Short Parsha Riddles: Shlach / שְׁלַח

בְּמִדְבַּר / Bamidbar / Numbers 13:1-15:41

Click for printable PDF version.

Don’t forget to read my Parsha Poem and parsha overview for Parshas Shlach, plus this cool Israel craft project.  Plus… copywork and parsha activities – something for every week of the year!


image פָּרָשָׁת שְׁלַח לְךָ
for Parshas Shlach:  Come SPY with us!!!
בְּמִדְבַּר / Bamidbar / Numbers 13:1-15:41

[1]

We always should listen and trust in Hashem,
For He is the one from whom good things all stem;
Yet bnei Yisrael whimpered and kvetched in the dust,
And doubted Hashem when they really should __________!

[2]

Each parsha its very own lesson sure teaches,
With very good reason for each word it preaches;
But there’s also good reason when two are placed near –
A lesson in there the meraglim don’t hear.  What is it?

[3]

The meraglim all brought back a bitter report,
Like judges and juries who run a sham court;
Just two of them stood up for all that was true –
How much like __________ and __________ are YOU???

image [4]

All that Hashem does is all that He should,
And so we must look at each thing for the good;
But those ten meraglim just scratched at their head,
Too afraid when they saw that these people were dead.  Which people?

[5] BONUS!

A true gruesome fate awaited the men
Who fell for all the meraglim told them;
Each year on this date, their own graves they must make,
And sleep there, unsure if they’d ever awake.  What date?

STUMPED?? Here are some answers: 
[ 1 ] Trust.  But don’t we all?
[ 2 ] The meraglim story right after Miriam’s tzara’as shows they didn’t learn their lesson from her punishment for lashon hora (Rashi 13:2).
[ 3 ] Yehoshua and Kaleiv.
[ 4 ] Some say the meraglim said eretz Yisrael “consumes its inhabitants” (13:32) because they saw many funerals – Hashem’s diversion so the giants wouldn’t harm them (Sotah 35a).
[ 5 ] Tisha b’Av (Taanis 30b).  This creepy explanation says the men would dig graves to sleep in, and many would die overnight.  However, Rashi (14:33) says the men all died at age 60, which is why the deaths took exactly 40 years.

Popular posts from this blog

לימודי קודש/Limudei Kodesh Copywork & Activity Printables

Welcome to my Limudei Kodesh / Jewish Studies copywork and activity printables page.  As of June 2013, I am slowly but surely moving all my printables over to 4shared because Google Docs / Drive is just too flaky for me. What you’ll find here: Weekly Parsha Copywork More Parsha Activities More Chumash / Tanach Activities Yom Tov Copywork & Activities Tefillah Copywork Pirkei Avos / Pirkei Avot Jewish Preschool Resources Other printables! For General Studies printables and activities, including Hebrew-English science resources and more, click here . For Miscellaneous homeschool helps and printables, click here . If you use any of my worksheets, activities or printables, please leave a comment or email me at Jay3fer “at” gmail “dot” com, to link to your blog, to tell me what you’re doing with it, or just to say hi!  If you want to use them in a school, camp or co-op setting, please email me (remove the X’s) for rates. If you just want to say Thank You, here’s a

Hebrew/ עברית & English General Studies Printables

For Jewish Studies, including weekly parsha resources and copywork, click here . If you use any of my worksheets, activities or printables, please leave a comment or email me at Jay3fer “at” gmail “dot” com, to link to your blog, to tell me what you’re doing with it, or just to say hi!  If you want to use them in a school, camp or co-op setting, please email me (remove the X’s) for rates. If you enjoy these resources, please consider buying my weekly parsha book, The Family Torah :  the story of the Torah, written to be read aloud – or any of my other wonderful Jewish books for kids and families . English Worksheets & Printables: (For Hebrew, click here ) Science :  Plants, Animals, Human Body Math   Ambleside :  Composers, Artists History Geography Language & Literature     Science General Poems for Elemental Science .  Original Poems written by ME, because the ones that came with Elemental Science were so awful.  Three pages are included:  one page with two po

Ancient Auction Secret: If Chinese auctions are racist, why do Jews love them so much?

Ah, Jews, Jews, Jews, Jews.  You sure do love your Chinese auctions, don’t you? It seems that even in an era of political correctness, within certain circles, this term just will not die . And frankly, I’m mortified. I’m not Chinese, but I have family who is Chinese.  Some are Korean, as well.  I guess this makes us more ethnically diverse than many Jews, but I suspect most Jewish families are moving in this direction.  Still.  Even if we don’t know a single Chinese person, we should still stop calling it that. First of all… is it actually racist to call it a Chinese auction? I figured I’d let Chinese people decide.  But when I turned to Google to find out how Chinese people feel about Chinese auctions, what I found was mostly… nothing.  Silence.  I did find some debate (presumably among non-Chinese people) over whether it was too far in the direction of political correctness to refer to these as a “silent auction” or (as in some parts of the States) a “tricky tray.”  (Ok