Shlach L'cha June 7, 2018

In this week's parasha, God instructed Moses to send twelve spies to scout out the Promised Land. When the spies entered Canaan, they saw a land flowing with milk and honey and ripe fruit. They also noticed the powerful residents, their fortified cities, and a few of their historical enemy tribes. Suddenly, their feelings of elation morphed into fear. Ten of the twelve spies allowed their fear to prevail. Those ten fearful spies caused the entire community to lose faith and were punished--they were destined to die in the desert and never enter Canaan, while Joshua and Caleb, the two spies that maintained faith, were permitted to enter the Promised Land. This story, despite its dramatic ending, is not so foreign to us. We too may feel that we cannot face the hill in front of us, the project before us, or the powerful people around us. Philosopher Alan Watts said that the antidote to fear is not courage, but rather curiosity.  Curiosity is a set of actions and, even more so, it is a mindscape.  Curiosity encourages us to walkthrough the world with an open mind, eager to expand our knowledge and understanding. When faced with conflict or fear, curiosity is our friend, allowing us to recognize multiple perspectives and develop empathy for others. Curiosity’s cognitive-behavioral benefits have the ability to subdue fear’s tight emotional hold. Curiosity may have dramatically altered our biblical ancestors' trajectory and has the power to transform our own moments of fear into opportunities for exploration. 

May FOOD OF THE MONTH: canned or dried beans

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