Parashat Devarim / History does not repeat itself
Moses uses didactic sarcasm to make the younger Israelites realize that their fate will bring them before the very cities that the spies saw, and which their parents imagined 40 years earlier. However, the fate of the new generation does not necessarily have to be that of their parents.
In the Book of Deuteronomy, the Children of Israel hear Moses’ version of the story of their wanderings on the way to the Promised Land. That story includes the episode of the spies whom Moses sends to gather information about the Promised Land, and who return with its fruits and with news: “Good is the land which the Lord our God giveth unto us” (Deuteronomy 1:25).
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