Parashat Schlach Lecha (Send messengers)
The logo of the ministry of Tourism of Israel is two people carrying a pole with grapes. The logo is based on this parasha story.
Moses sends spies to the land of Israel and he asks them to bring fruits from the land.
What did they do? They brought the branches and the fruits. Not just the fruits as Moses asked but something else.
And we all know that 10 out of 12 spies spoke poorly of the land of Israel and the people were punished to wander 40 years in the desert.
The spies were too ambitious. They took more than they had to. That was a big mistake.
When you are on a trip (especially on vacation), you cannot take back everything. Just the fruits. Trying to take more than that (living on vacation mode all year round) can be very harmful.
We need to learn to take the fruits and not all that we want. And we also need to remember that life is like a trip... We cannot take everything with us...