How could the Spies have returned in forty days?


Rashi: Despite the fact that Eretz Yisrael is four hundred Parsah by four hundred Parsah, 1 and a person is able walk ten Parsah per day, 2 the Spies returned in forty days because Hashem, In His mercy, anticipating that He would decree that Yisrael would remain in the desert "a year for each day", hastened their return.


Rashi: Megilah, 3a. See Oznayim la'Torah, Parshas Shoftim, 19>8.


Rashi: Pesachim, 93b. In which case, it ought to have taken them forty days just to walk from east to west.

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