In this week’s parsha the Torah states in Devarim 1:22, “And all of you approached me and said, ‘Let us send men in front of us and they will search out the land.’” This is the reference to the incident of the twelve spies whom Moshe Rabbenu sent to scout out Eretz Yisroel. They ended up returning to Moshe and Klal Yisroel with a negative report showing a lack of faith in Hashem.
According to Rashi, their lack of faith about Klal Yisroel’s ability to conquer Eretz Yisroel cast Bnei Yisroel into a state of confusion. Usually the normal protocol was for Moshe to command Klal Yisroel to send out the spies to determine the best strategy and course of action of how and when to wage battle. The fact that they did not wait for Moshe Rabbenu to give the command to send out spies reveals Klal Yisroel’s anxiety. The Torah is showing that their hurried and confused behavior was engendered by their very own fears.
Moshe Rabbenu realized that Klal Yisroel’s insecurity about the outcome of the battle would subject them to the principle, “A person is led on the path that he so desires to go.” This negative emotion of fear was an opening for the Yetzer Hara to enter their hearts. Thus, Moshe Rabbenu knew that they would ultimately speak Lashon Hara about Eretz Yisroel. Even worse, is that Moshe realized that the influence of the Yetzer Hara might corrupt Yehoshua, one the twelve spies and Moshe’s closest disciple. Indeed the pasuk says: “And all you approached me….” This implies that the entire group was suffering from improper fear. Moshe Rabbenu also knew that once Klal Yisroel were in the gravitational field of the Yetzer Hara, disaster was going to be unavoidable. The best thing that Moshe could do was Daven that his disciple, Yehoshua, not fall prey to the pessimistic attitude of the rest of Klal Yisroel.
Emunah is the very fundamental foundation of the Torah. Hashem openly revealed his omnipotence and love for Klal Yisroel when he redeemed us from Mitzrayim. Therefore, despair is totally inappropriate for the Jewish people. Even more, if we maintain our Emunah in Hashem, the Yetzer Hara will be unable to gain access to our hearts and deeds. Therefore, through this knowledge that is based on Ohr Rashaz of the Alter of Kelm, let us strengthen our Emunah in Hashem – totally and absolutely – and based on that merit may we see that on this Tishah B’Av we see the immediate Geulah for all of Klal Yisroel.