Parsha Summary for Parshas Shlach
Note: The Shabbos Torah Reading is divided into 7 sections. Each section is called an Aliya [literally: Go up] since for each Aliya, one person “goes up” to make a bracha [blessing] on the Torah Reading.
1st Aliya: Moshe sends the Spies on their mission.
2nd Aliya: The Spies return carrying the massive fruits of the land. They deliver their negative report and the nation loses its faith in G-d and Moshe.
3rd Aliya: Moshe successfully argues for the life of the nation, and Hashem issues the 40 year decree of wandering and dying.
4th Aliya: The Spies die, and the nation is informed of their own punishment.
5th Aliya: The laws of the Mincha – meal offering are stated.
6th Aliya: The laws of separating Challah – the dough offering, and the communal sin offering are stated.
7th Aliya: The individual sin offering; the incident with the man who transgressed Shabbos by gathering sticks; his punishment; and the Mitzvah of Tzitzit, conclude the Parsha.