Note: The Shabbos Torah Reading is divided into 7 sections. Each section is called an Aliya [literally: Go up] since for each Aliya, one person “goes up” to make a bracha [blessing] on the Torah Reading.
1st Aliya: Moshe sends the Spies on their mission.
2nd Aliya: The Spies return carrying the massive fruits of the land. They deliver their negative report and the nation loses its faith in G-d and Moshe.
3rd Aliya: Moshe successfully argues for the life of the nation, and Hashem issues the 40 year decree of wandering and dying.
4th Aliya: The Spies die, and the nation is informed of their own punishment.
5th Aliya: The laws of the Mincha – meal offering are stated.
6th Aliya: The laws of separating Challah – the dough offering, and the communal sin offering are stated.
7th Aliya: The individual sin offering; the incident with the man who transgressed Shabbos by gathering sticks; his punishment; and the Mitzvah of Tzitzit, conclude the Parsha.
This week’s Haftorah relates the story of Yehoshua sending Kalev and Pinchas to spy out Yericho, their encounter with Rachav, and their report confirming the fear of Yericho’s inhabitants. The connection to our Parsha is obvious, however the outcome of this “second mission” was far different than the first one 38 years earlier. The year was 2488 -1273 b.c.e.