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.

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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...