When you have begotten children and children’s children and are long established in the land, should you act wickedly and make for yourselves a sculptured image in any likeness, causing the LORD your God displeasure and vexation.
From the word “venoshantem” the Talmud learns that Hashem was kind with the Jewish people by advancing the Temple’s destruction by 2 years.
It was supposed to be destroyed 852 years after their entry to the Holy Land but He made it happen after 850.
If He hadn’t done so, the next verse’s prophecy of “Ki Avod Tovedun Maher” would have materialized. From here we learn that “maher” is defined as at least 852 years.
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Dedicated Today L'iluy nishmat Genendel Bat Yehudah HaLevi
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