Parshas Shoftim :
 By: Yaacov Silverstein
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Parshas Shoftim:


Here in this Pasuk we see that when Moshe was repeating over the case when the Bnei Yisroel requested to send spies to "spy out the land". In our Pasuk Moshe tells the Bnei Yisroel that "it was good in his eyes".

If sending the spies was "good in Moshe's eyes", why was this listed here under the errors that they made in their wandering in the dessert?

So Rashi comes and explains that it was good in Moshe's eyes, yet not in Hashem's eyes.

Moshe knew that if Hashem said that the Bnei Yisroel would enter the land to inherit it, without any opposition, than of course there was no need to send out spies.

Moshe thought he was being tested by the Bnei Yisroel, to see how he would react to their request.

By allowing to send spies without any reluctance, he was hoping that they would see that he is definite that the spies were not needed.

He was hoping that since he did not delay, they would go back on their word, yet they didn't.

Comes Rav Z. Pliskin and explains, in life also, there are two different attitudes that one can have when he consults a Rav if he should or shouldn't do something.

There is one type of attitude, of one that really wants to do the right thing. He is willing to do exactly what the Rav advises him to do.

There is another attitude of people that ask a Rav a question, and they want to hear only what they want to hear. Thus they may ask the question in a way to get the answer as they want it.

When the Bnei Yisroel asked Moshe, they should have asked him what he thought was right for them to do.

We see in Pasuk(17:3) that we are commanded prepare city's of refuge for a person who may have killed by accident, so he could flee to that city.

There was a need for the Beis Din to place road signs on the way, in order for the killer to know where to run to as quick as possible.

There is a Gemarah in Makos(10:b) that brings down, that Rav Chama Bar Chanina says, "If for a wicked person, Hashem shows them the path, than certainly the righteous would be shown which path to take in this world.

Where does Hashem place these road signs, and how are we supposed to understand them?

Comes Rav Henach Leibowitz and explains that when we reach that fork in the road in our lives, and we want to know if we should go left or right, we should check the Torah and Halacha what it demands from us.

We see from Yaakov Avinuh, when he woke up and saw that he was sleeping in a Holy place, he debated if he should not continue sleeping in that place, for it was holy. Or should he stay there, for the important prophecy?

We see from his statement "Had I known, I would not have slept in such a holy place" (Rashi).

Yaakov was willing to give up his prophecy in order not to sleep in a Holy place.

As we see, he asked what Halacha expects from here, before his personal responsibilities.

The greater our Torah Knowledge, and the more we ask our Rabanim and Shulchan Aruch on each step that we take, the more we are prepared for that day of the fork in the road.

In the case of the fleeing murderer, he may find it difficult to find his way since the road is unfamiliar to him.

If the city of refuge was close by, than he would find it much easier.

The same by us, the more we study the Torah and see what Halacha requests from us, the easier it would be for us to chart out a correct course in life for ourselves and family.