This week’s parsha tells the famous story of the spies. Moses sends twelve spies to the land of Israel. Forty days later they return, carrying a huge cluster of grapes, a pomegranate and a fig, to report on a lush and bountiful land. But then they continue with words that scare everyone. Ten of the spies warn that the inhabitants of the land are giants and warriors; only Caleb and Joshua insist that the land can be conquered, as G‑d has commanded.

For this week’s Torah Treat, you can make a centerpiece for your Shabbat table. You’ll need a (large!) cluster of grapes, two candy sticks, and two toy figures to “carry” the bunch. The Torah portion also mentions that the pomegranates and figs were plentiful. Feel free to add those to your centerpiece too! When talking about the story of the spies with your kids, consider discussing the importance of telling the truth, perception and getting over your fears.

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