In Parashat Ki Tavo (28:15-on) Moses threatens the Nation with very descriptive curses. It starts from a distance:

'וּבָאוּ עָלֶיךָ כָּל־הַקְּלָלוֹת הָאֵלֶּה וְהִשִּׂיגוּךָ׃ אָרוּר אַתָּה וכו

One would understand that without G-d's closeness and providence all the bad things will happen all by themselves.

But very quickly it turns personal:

יְשַׁלַּח ה' בְּךָ אֶת־הַמְּאֵרָה
יַדְבֵּק ה' בְּךָ אֶת־הַדָּבֶר
יַדְבֵּק ה' בְּךָ אֶת־הַדָּבֶר
יִתֵּן ה' אֶת־מְטַר אַרְצְךָ אָבָק
יַכְּכָה ה' בִּשְׁחִין, etc

G-d Himself will orchestrate and carry out all the curses "עַד הִשָּׁמְדָךְ" until He will exterminate us totally.

In the Story of Exodus, it is stressed that G-d Himself came down to Egypt and performed the Exodus, He and not [even] an angel.

Why in the curses it is important that G-d Himself will curry them out personally and that will not happen "naturally"?

  • Does one and the other have to mutually exclusive? – Ilja Sep 28 '19 at 21:14
  • @Ilja what one and the other? – Al Berko Sep 28 '19 at 21:18

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