Written in the Stars
When the Jewish people was still but a thought in
Just before this prophecy, Avraham was told that his seed would be like the dust of the earth — but there, the dust was not shown to him. But before his offspring are compared to the stars, Avraham is instructed to look heavenward and behold the stars. Avraham was seventy years old, and Sarah was sixty. He had all but given up hope to have a child in the natural course of events. From the vantage point of earth, his loss of hope was logical. Therefore,
Now that the dream of the people of Avraham is a reality — in its full multitude of over three million souls — Moshe again reflects on the miracle of their existence.
But there is also an additional significance to this comparison. By comparing them to the hosts of heaven — each one proclaiming itself to be the Handiwork of the Creator — Moshe seeks to negate the erroneous notion that the people in its totality is just a numberless mass in which the individual has no importance. Rather, the people’s multitudes are like the stars of heaven: Although they are countless, there is independent significance to each individual. Each one is a “world until himself,” has his own value and is under
- Sources: Commentary Devarim 1:10, Bereishet 15:5