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The Minority Report: How the Minority Can Save the Majority©

The Minority Report: How the Minority Can Save the Majority© Parashat Shelach Lecha – 2018/5778 Rabbi David Baum, Congregation Shaarei Kodesh

Do you know why we pray in a minyan? Many think it is because of the story of Abraham and Sodom and Gemorah…(Genesis Chapter 18) And God answered, “I will not destroy, for the sake of the twenty.” 32 And he (Abraham) said, “Let not my Lord be angry if I speak but this last time: What if ten should be found there?” And God answered, “I will not destroy, for the sake of the ten.” And honestly, I wish it was… But it isn’t, it is actually in this week’s parashah, Shelach Lecha, during a dark time for our people – the incident of the spies – ten men who led our people astray. But the actual number of spies wasn’t ten, it was twelve. Ten led the people astray…and there were two who spoke against the majority. In this case, the minority, the two out of twelve, saved us. As citizens of a democracy, both here and in Israel, we seem to have a mentality of majori…