“As The Stars In Heaven”

Apr 2, 2021

זְכֹר לְאַבְרָהָם לְיִצְחָק וּלְיִשְׂרָאֵל עֲבָדֶיךָ אֲשֶׁר נִשְׁבַּעְתָּ לָהֶם בָּךְ וַתְּדַבֵּר אֲלֵהֶם אַרְבֶּה אֶת־זַרְעֲכֶם כְּכוֹכְבֵי הַשָּׁמָיִם וְכָל־הָאָרֶץ הַזֹּאת אֲשֶׁר אָמַרְתִּי אֶתֵּן לְזַרְעֲכֶם וְנָחֲלוּ לְעֹלָם׃

Remember Your servants, Avraham, Yitzchak, and Yisrael, how You swore to them by Your Self and said to them: I will make your offspring as numerous as the stars of heaven, and I will give to your offspring this whole land of which I spoke, to possess forever.”

z'-KHOR l'-av-ra-HAM l'-yitz-KHAK ul-yis-ra-AYL a-va-DE-kha a-SHER nish-BA-ta la-HEM BAKH va-t'-da-BAYR a-lay-HEM ar-BEH et zar-a-KHEM k'-kho-kh'-VAY ha-sha-MA-yim v'-khol ha-A-retz ha-ZOT a-SHER a-MAR-tee e-TAYN l'-zar-a-KHEM v'-na-kha-LU l'-o-LAM

Exodus 32:13

With this verse, Moses attempts to convince God to spare the Jewish nation, despite the egregious sin of the golden calf. He pleads with God to remember his oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob that their progeny will inherit the land of Israel.

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Starry night sky in Israel’s Negev Desert

Moses is concerned that if God is to destroy the Nation and re-create a great nation from him alone, the promise of the Holy Land made to the Patriarchs would be lost. He therefore pleads with God to spare the people despite their transgressions.

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