Divine Concern for the Jewish People
Abarbanel relates that this Parsha consists of 6 separate sections:
- General introduction
- The benefits that
G-dhas granted to the Jewish People
- The transgressions of the Jewish People
- The punishments that will follow these transgressions
G-d's initial intention to annihilate the Jewish People
- Consolation and
G-d's revenge against the enemies of the Jewish People
In reference to
- 'Your Father' is a reference to the fact that
G-dis the ultimate father. Just as He created the universe, He also created Mankind. This is what is meant in verse 7, "Remember the days of yore, and understand the years of generation after generation." G-dtells us to trace back through human history all the way to its very beginning and to recognize Him as Mankind's ultimate Creator.
- 'Your Master' is a reference to the Exodus from Egypt, when
G-d'acquired' us as His people. Even though succeeding generations did not experience the Exodus, verse 7 continues, "Ask your father and he will relate it to you, and your elders and they will tell you."
- 'Has he not created you' is a reference to the Torah as a possession of the Jewish People. Verse 8 relates that
G-dgranted each of the nations of the world its particular portion. But the Jewish People received 'G-d's portion'. This refers to the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, as it says in verse 10, "He discovered him in a desert land...He granted him discernment." By giving us the Torah, G-dhas 'created' the Jewish People, a new creation, unique and distinct from the other nations.
- The final kindness is giving the Land of Israel to the Jewish People. This is the meaning of verse 13, "He will make him ride on the heights of the Land." This refers to the conquest and settlement of the Land of Israel.
In Chapter 32, verse 13
- When the eagle approaches the nest, it signals with a distinctive whistling sound, so as not to startle the young.
- The eagle does not descend suddenly on the young, lest she injure them with her talons. Rather, she hovers and descends slowly.
- When she wants to move the young, she takes the entire nest at once in order to minimize the disturbance.
- When she carries them, she doesn't carry them on any protruding feathers. Rather, she carries them on her body to minimize the risk of falling.
This is exactly how
G-ddecided to take us out of Egypt, He first sent Moshe and Aaron who functioned as an initial signal.
G-ddid not immediately demonstrate His strength and power, as He did at Mount Sinai. Rather, like the eagle, He 'hovered' over Egypt.
- Just like the eagle, who takes the entire nest at once,
G-dtook out the entire nation, with all of its possessions, at one time.
G-dprevented the Egyptians from harming us by placing the Clouds of Glory between us and the Egyptian army.
Finally, verse 12 states: "G-d alone guided them, and no other power was with them." Just as the eagle can carry its young on its back, since there is no other bird that flies higher and could threaten them from above, so too there were no other powers or intermediaries other than