This week’s Torah portion contains verses of rebuke from Gd to Israel should the people not follow Gd’s laws and commands. Toward the end of the verses, we read the following which will occur once the people atone: וְזָכַרְתִּי, אֶת-בְּרִיתִי יַעֲקוֹב; וְאַף אֶת-בְּרִיתִי יִצְחָק וְאַף אֶת-בְּרִיתִי אַבְרָהָם, אֶזְכֹּר--וְהָאָרֶץ אֶזְכֹּר-- then will I remember My covenant with Jacob, and also My covenant with Isaac, and also My covenant with Abraham will I remember; and I will remember the land. (Leviticus 26:42) Why do the names of the patriarchs not come in chronological order as they have every time before now? The Magid of Dubnov explains with a parable: a youth goes to a store to buy some nuts and the store owner gives him extra as a gift. Another youth who sees the gift asks for some free nuts as well and the owner laughs and says that he gave extra to the first boy because he made a purchase – how do you expect me to give you an extra amount when you do not make even a single purchase from me? The Magid explains that this verse has Gd finding something inherently redeeming in the Israelites because of their ancestry and Gd’s covenant with the forefathers. Had this verse, which speaks of Gd’s forgiveness and privilege accorded Israel, mentioned Abraham and Isaac first then both Ishmael and Esau would/could demand the same privilege of Gd’s compassion for their own acts of mutiny. However, by naming Jacob first Gd eliminates the claim of descendants of Ishmael and Esau that they should be accorded the same status as Israel – an Israel that has paid a heavy price for this status.