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Lech Lecha

Counting the Stars

{Bereishis 15:5}

“And He took him outside, and said, Gaze, now, toward the Heavens, and count the stars if you are able to count them!” And He said to him, “So shall your offspring be!”

Hashem says “Count the stars if you are able to count them” and then He concludes “thus shall be your children.” What is “thus” referring to? If it is a reference to the amount of stars then why did Hashem tell Abraham to attempt to count them?  Surely both Hashem and Avraham knew it was an impossible task for a mortal being.

Grammatically it sounds that the comparison to Avram’s children are not the stars per se, but the attempt to count them.

Why not say look up at the stars.  See how many there are.  They are impossible to count.  And then say your children will thus number.

Question submitted by: Eliezer

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