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Browse Torah Articles: Sefer Devarim: Parashat Haazinou: Hashem and Bnei Yisrael

Contributed by: R. Ezra Mizrahi

In this week's parasha of Haazinu, the Ramban explains an interesting relationship between Bnei Yisrael and Hashem through the verses:

"but I dreaded the taunt of the enemy, lest the adversary misunderstand and say, 'Our hand has triumphed; Hashem has not done all this. They are a nation without sense, there is no discernment in them." (Devarim 32: 27,28)

In the parasha it is written that Hashem will never allow His Jewish nation from ever being destroyed, for the other nations would proclaim in arrogance that it was their strong hand that defeated Bnei Yisrael. Similar to Moshe's prayer when he prayed for Hashem not to smite Bnei Yisrael after the sin of the meraglim, where he pleaded with Hashem saying that if Hashem allows Bnei Yisrael to be destroyed, the other nations would say that Hashem is lacking in His ability to bring His nation to Israel.

Why is such importance placed upon what other nations will say?

When Hashem created the world, He did not do it just for Bnei Yisrael, but rather for all people in the world to realize that Hashem is the creator. If Bnei Yisrael would be destroyed, the nations of the world would claim that just like the connection between Bnei Yisrael and Hashem was false (in that they have been wiped out by other nations) so too the Torah false. The other nations would claim that there is no Hashem, and lose there connection completely to the Creator.

Hashem "requires" the Jewish nation in order to bring redemption to the world. Through us the world will come to realize that there is one creator and that He is great in His ways & His Torah is true. Upon completing a spiritually uplifting ten days of teshouba, we must take a piece of that enlightened spark with us through our daily lives and use it to set the ultimate example as representatives of the chosen nation.
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