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Section: Parshas HaShavua   Category: Haftorah
Haftorah Eikev: Hashem Employs Selective Memory

In this week's Haftorah, Bnei Yisrael voices concern that Hashem has abandoned them. Hashem assures us that despite our many aveiros he has not forsaken us and never will and ultimately will redeem us from this long and bitter galus. The gemara in Brachos says that Hashem promises that He will employ selective memory remembering Matan Torah but at the same time conveniently forgetting Chet HaEgel. What is the connection between these two events that Klal Yisrael asks about them in tandem?

The Likutei Basar Likutei bring down that these two are inextricably linked together. The Mishna says in Avos that Yisrael is beloved by Hashem and therefore were given the Torah. But didn't Hashem first ask all the other nations? We were actually last to be offered! The answer is that while all the other nations inquired about its laws, Bnei Yisrael accepted right away without asking. because Hashem imbued in them a special love for Torah that he did not grant any other nation. This is the gift that Hashem gave that makes us beloved.

Although, it was not to our credit that we accepted the Torah since it was natural for us, nevertheless, Hashem ignores that little detail and still favors us for accepting the Torah. Because of this Bnei Yisrael worries about Chet HaEgel. Moshe davened to Hashem to forgive us because it was the abundant gold and silver that Hashem gave us that caused us to sin; so, Moshe laid the blame squarely on Hashem's shoulders.

"Therefore," says Klal Yisrael, "if you will consider the fact that You, Hashem, caused us to sin, yYu may also consider the fact that You caused us to accept the Torah." To this Hashem says, o"Oe I will remember, and one I will forget."

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