Full course description
I developed this course when I was writing my dissertation. I wanted to make it super engaging, inspiring and relevant to my students. This class is the study of a maamar, a Chassidic work of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, using the contrast between the two spy stories in the bible as a springboard for analysis of the issues that these stories raise, in the spiritual sense. This Maamar was said on כ״ח סיון, the day that the Rebbe and Rebetzin arrived in North America. The enhanced the presentation with some historical footage of when the Rebbe taught this Maamar. The issues addressed include: Why did the mission that Moshe Rabeinu's sent end in such a devastating failure, whereas Yehoshua's brought the Jewish nation to their destination in Eretz Yisroel? Why did Moshe Rabeinu send his spies to spy out the entire land of Eretz Yisroel, and Yehoshua only sent his spies to Yericho? What is the spiritual significance of all Eretz Yisroel in comparison to Yericho?