Parsha Debarim (Deb/Deut. 1:1 through 3:22) is of course the first parsha in the fifth and final Book in the Torah, and consists of ‘the Words’ that Moshe spoke unto “kol Israel,” and thus all of us, in what amoounts not only to his “Farewell Address,” but a summary of the ‘teaching and instruction’ of thw whole. This is the introduction to that foundational teaching.
Moshe begins with a review of some of the history, starting with his delegation of authority to “captains of thousands, hundreds, fifties…” and then the to story of the ‘spies’ and why almost all those where were there then, aren’t now.
What is perhaps most interesting about this retelling are the DIFFERENCES in emphasis that he chooses, almost 40 years later.
“Debarim: Spying, DNA, and Deception”