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This Rabbeinu Bachaye explains how Moshe only used certain middot of Hashem's 13 Middot of Rachamim, to gain forgiveness for the sin of the spies. Some of the middot didn't apply for that sin, and would make things worse if they were mentioned.

Nowadays, we say all of the middot, such as in Selichot. Why are we able to?

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  • Perhaps who are we to decide which middot are necessary and which aren’t? Moshe, fine, but us? Commented May 7 at 2:01
  • @CuriousYid Rabbeinu Bachaye is saying that Moshe is teaching us how to pray. Also, if we are on such a low level, then how can we say more than he said in this case?
    – Rabbi Kaii
    Commented May 7 at 6:45
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    By selichot i don't see the issue. Moshe is praying here for forgiveness of a specific sin, when we pray in Selichot we are asking for forgiveness for a lot more than just one sin.
    – y_g
    Commented May 30 at 21:30
  • @y_g we are praying for lots of specific sins. If anything, the problem should be worse
    – Rabbi Kaii
    Commented Jun 2 at 9:53
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    @RabbiKaii, "Some of the middot didn't apply for that sin, and would make things worse if they were mentioned" I guess I focused more on the beginning part of the sentence. I would add a quote and explain the part of the R Bachayeh you are specifically referring to in your question. It is a sizeable piece.
    – y_g
    Commented Jun 2 at 21:06

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