|Beit Midrash-Bible-Bet Keil-Dust & Stars|
The 28th of Shevat is the Yahrtzeit of Rav Aryeh Leib Natansohn of Berzhan, author of Beis Kel (1873). God promises Abraham that just as it is impossible to count the stars, so too, it will be impossible to count his children. In an earlier verse, God promised Abraham that just as it is impossible for a person to count all the grains of sand on the earth, so too, it will be impossible to count Abraham's descendants. What is the difference between these blessings?
Although there may be more grains of sand that and there are stars in the sky, send increases only in number, not in importance. However, stars are more than their numbers; they represent wonders and potential, light.
This is the difference between the blessings: we can be as the grains of sand, with vast numbers, but without the great potential and honor. However, if we merit, we will be as the stars; perhaps fewer in number than the grains of sand, but representing great honor and potential. (Beit Keil)
“Remember His covenant forever, the word He commanded for a thousand generations, that He made with Abraham...” (Hodu) Each time we mention the covenant with Abraham we must remember that we have a choice whether to access the covenant of the dust or that of the stars.