When his people broke the deal and incurred divine wrath by worshipping a calf of gold, Moses told G‑d:

“Forgive them. And if You do not, erase me from Your book that You have written.”


“I know You want to forgive them. You love them no matter what. You loved them before, when they had all but abandoned You in Egypt. And You love them now as well.”

“What has occurred since then? That you have given them your Torah. So that it’s only this book, your Torah, that stands in the way.”

“And if so, I want no part in such a book.”

This was the response for which G‑d was waiting, for which He chose Moses to begin with. So it was that then, through Moses, G‑d wrote forgiveness into His book.

And so must we.

Likkutei Sichot, vol. 21, pp. 173–180; ibid., vol. 9, pp. 237–242.