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With all the major Christian festivals out of the way for this church year, we are back to Ordinary Time. But the Torah portions continue all year round, so now might be a good time to start looking at the weekly portions.
This week’s portion is Shelach, Send:
Shelach | שלח | “Send ”
Torah: Numbers 13:1-15:41
Prophets: Joshua 2:1-24
Gospel: Mark 10:1-45
Each portion consists of the main Torah reading, which is broken down into several readings (the Wikipedia entries for each portion are useful as they break them up into the individual aliyah readings https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shlach ), a portion from the prophets, or ‘haftarah’ and a suggested selection from the new testament, often called the B’rit Chadashah, or New Covenant. These vary and are not universally agreed upon. The selections in the Jewish New Testament suggest a selection that corresponds in theme to the Torah reading.
Shelach is the story of the spies, sent into the land of Canaan, who – with the exception of Joshua and Caleb – come back with a negative report.
See also: the Hebrew for Christians page http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Scripture/Parashah/Summaries/Shelach_Lekha/shelach_lekha.html