When the entire nation is on the line, Moshe is the one you want to be there to save the day. After the sin of the spies Moshe uses a similar defense tactic as he does in the aftermath of the Golden Calf. How do his two reactions differ?

After the Golden Calf Moshe makes two arguments - zechut avot and chilul Hashem; after chet hameraglim he only uses the latter argument. Why?

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Delivered at the OU Israel Center, June 20, 2019 (17 Sivan 5775)