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Episode 77: Rabbi Michael Hattin "The Challenge of the Promised Land"
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Rabbi Michael Hattin begins by unraveling the overarching theme of the Book of Joshua, a theme that underpins the entire narrative. He provides illuminating examples from the text, particularly focusing on the intriguing interplay between divine design and human initiative, offering a fresh perspective on this complex dynamic. We then delve into Joshua's decision to send spies into the Promised Land, a controversial decision given the previous misadventure of the spies in the Book of Numbers. Rabbi Hattin explains the rationale behind Joshua's choice, drawing comparisons and contrasts between the two missions. He reveals how these differences were instrumental in avoiding the pitfalls of the past and contemplates whether Rahab's involvement was part of the divine plan from the outset. Rahab the Harlot's story takes center stage in our discussion, as we explore the nuances of her character and her unexpected role in the unfolding drama. He examines the perception of Rahab's profession, or lack thereof, in the text and delves into the complexity of her transformation throughout the ordeal. Moving forward, we explore the encounter of the angel of the Lord with Joshua, drawing connections to similar occurrences in the Torah. Rabbi Hattin unravels the overarching lessons and messages that this angelic visitation might convey, not only to Joshua but to the entire Israelite community. We examine Israel's setback under Joshua's leadership in the incident involving Akhan's transgression. Lastly, we address the moral complexity surrounding the seemingly indiscriminate slaughter of the Canaanite inhabitants. Rabbi Hattin challenges the conventional explanation rooted in ancient rules of warfare, encouraging us to contemplate alternative perspectives and ethical considerations in the context of the Book of Joshua.--- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/judaismdemystified/support