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    Generation gap – D’varim

    How are we to understand the verse, “The Lord carried us as a father carries his child” (Deut. 1:31)?

    In the Book of Sh’mot (Ex. 19:4), we are told that God carried us on the wings of eagles, al kan’fei n’sharim.

    The difference between the Sh’mot and the D’varim methods of carrying is that in Sh’mot the reference is to the strong, majestic swoop of the eagle, whereas in our verse the Torah refers to the tender love of a parent for their child.

    One of the Chassidic teachers points out that the verb n-s-a also means to forgive; in that sense we are being told that God lovingly forgives His people’s sins like a parent indulgently forgives his child.

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