Section: Parshas HaShavua   Category: Quick Vort
Parshas Bichukosai: Rav Chaim Kanievsky - The Way The Memory Works

At the end of the Tochacha, Hashem says (Bichukosai 26:42), "V'Zacharti Es Brisi Yaakov V'Af Es Brisi Yitzchok V'Af Es Brisi Avrohom;  Hashem remembers the promise to the Avos HaKedoshim," and salvages the remnants of the Tochacha. All the Meforshim starting with Rashi ask, "Why does Hashem remember the Avos in reverse order starting with Yaakov instead of Avrohom?" Many beautiful answers have been given.

Rav Chaim Kanievsky, howeve, takes a very simplistic approach. "When it comes to memory, a person remembers recent memories better than the older ones. Therefore, Hashem remembers Yaakov first and then Yitzchok and then finally Avrohom."

"Of course," says Rav Chaim, "Hashem doesn't need to remember. The reason why the Torah chooses to write it in the way people remember, can be explained by all the Drashos of Chazal."