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וַיֹּאמֶר ה' אֶל־מֹשֶׁה עַד־אָנָה יְנַאֲצֻנִי הָעָם הַזֶּה
וְעַד־אָנָה לֹא־יַאֲמִינוּ בִי בְּכֹל הָאֹתוֹת אֲשֶׁר עָשִׂיתִי בְּקִרְבּוֹ׃

And the LORD said to Moses, “How long will this people spurn Me, and how long will they have no faith in Me despite all the signs that I have performed in their midst? (Num 14,11)

This pattern of G-d complaining about His patience expiring is very common in the Torah. Moreover, it appears that people suffer harder punishment from G-d when sinning for another time. This appears contradicting the idea of "מלך בשר ודם" vs "מלך מה"מ" - G-d being ultimately just, and contradicting our current state of Halacha.

G-d does not have (shouldn't have) tolerance or patience, not mentioning it to expire, IMHO.

Does G-d have an expiration on His tolerance? (and if yes,) Why does Torah picture G-d as such?

  • Excellent question! I thought you were going to use the angle that G-d is Erech Apa'im, Maleh Rachamim, and numerous other similar adages. I think Midrash discusses your question in its explanation of the 13 Middot. If you have a copy of Art Scroll Yom Kippur machzor, view its explanation of the 13 middot. I think it discusses this aspect, there. – DanF Aug 1 at 15:17
  • The last two questions seem unrelated to the title. I think you want to know just if G-d's patience is limited. The other two relate to the general question of depicting G-d in human terms, which is something you asked, already, recently, IIRC. – DanF Aug 1 at 15:19
  • @DanF Thanks edited, my question raises from the practical application of that trait - He punishes more severely if it happens again, and that contradicts our current Halachah.\ – Al Berko Aug 1 at 15:22
  • I know you asked a question regarding what exactly their sin was. Have to explore that, a bit. This verse implies a lack of tolerance for their lack of believing in G-d. Which, would put to question that the Golden Calf seems to be the same problem, right? Except that according to most interpretations, that wasn't a lack of faith in G-d. It's that there, they wanted another leader in place of Moshe and G-d who would lead them to Israel. – DanF Aug 1 at 15:32
  • @DanF Please help me rephrase it correctly, I'm saying that unequal punishment proves that "G-d loses His patience". How is that possible? – Al Berko Aug 1 at 17:17

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