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June 15, 1984 - Image 28

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28 Friday, June 15, 1984

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At the end of what has be- grown not just older but
come one of the most impor- bigger.
tant reconnaissance reports , Who now, even as an
in psycho-spiritual history, adult, would be able to
ten of the 12 scouts sent to stand toe-to-toe with an-
spy out the land of Israel other person who is twice
convince their compatriots our height ,and ten-fold our
of the impossibility of mili- biomass without some ter-
tary victory. For this, they ror. Indeed, not only are
and the entire community anxiety and even downright
are punished by being con- fear an appropriate re-
demned to die in the wilder- sponse in the presence of
ness. This is how they con- such a giant, to not feel anx-
clude their report:
iety would be foolish. In the
"All the people that we presence of such giants, the
saw in it are men of great feeling of grasshoppers has
size. We saw the Nephilim
there — the Anakites are
part of the Nephilim — and
we looked like grasshoppers
to ourselves and so we must
have appeared to them"
(Numbers 13:32-3).
Maybe these Nephilim,
these Anakites, are only
hyperbole. It is not unlikely
that the spies, convinced by
what they had seen, of the
futility of any military ac-
tion, simply sought to pre-
sent their report in the most
forceful possible language.
been indelibly etched into
It might also be the case our sense of self. It is possi-
that the Nephilim were ac- bly the only real obstacle
tually people of enormous between us, now grown up,
physical stature.
and real adulthood.
And, of course, it is also
The promised land is at-
likely that the spies simply least a psycho-spiritual
lacked confidence in them- maturity and it is inhabited
selves and in their own abil- by our childhood memories
ity to meet their destiny.
of parents who once were
But everyone agrees that giants. The sin of the spies,
whatever their motive, and the sin of we their de-
since the spies were scendants, is the self-
punished, they committed fulfilling fear that we are
an error. It is also possible still grasshoppers. In their
that there is still another eyes and in our own.
interpretation of the mean- Copyright 1984, National
ing of giants and Hauurah Committee
grasshoppers. The first
mention of the Nephilim
takes us all the way back to
the beginning — to the
Productivity tops
childhood of human time.
Back before Noah we read on kibbutzim
that ". .. the Nephilim were
Tel Aviv (ZINS) — The
on the earth in those days,
back when divine beings record of productivity in Is-
cohabited with the daugh- raeli kibbutzim is some-
ters of men, who bore them - what better than that of the
offspring. They were the country's private business
mighty ones of old, men of enterprises or government
concerns, according to Is-
renown" (Genesis 6:4).
raeli press reports.
If we were not committed
A worker in a kibbutz
to a prohibition against
such mythology, it would industrial plant produces 23
sound almost as if we were percent more than his coun-
their offspring — their chil- terpart in other sectors of
the economy, surveys show.
dren.
Perhaps the Nephilim —
the Anakites — are only the
childhood names we as chil-
dren gave to the, grownups.
Who has not had the experi- Wins contest
ence of returning to a build-
ing not visited since child-
New York (JTA) — A
hood only to be struck by the ten-year-old girl of New
strange sensation that it Hyde Park, N.Y., Elizza
has shrunk. We remem- Ginsburg, has been an -
bered it as having been, nounced as the winner of
much bigger, but, of course, the Jewish Braille Insti-
it is we -- having failed to tute's fourth "Great Na-
realize our own impercepti- tional Jewish Read-In."
ble growth '— who have Elissa, a pupil in the Shelter
Rock Jewish Center in Ros-
lyn, N.Y. received a $1,000
Kushner is a rabbi at Temple
United States Savings
Beth:E1) ,Sudbury,, Massr,, •
,
Bond:a

Parashat
Shelach:
Numbers
13:1-15:41.
Joshua 2:1-24.

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