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Bechukotai(Leviticus 26:3-27:34)

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Five of you will pursue a hundred, and a hundred of you will pursue ten thousand. (Lev. 26:8)

The Parshah begins with the blessings that await the Jewish people if they keep their covenant with God: five Jews will pursue a hundred enemies, and a hundred Jews will pursue 10,000. Rashi asks: if five Jews can pursue a hundred enemies, a ratio of 1:20, then shouldn't one hundred Jews pursue 2,000, not 10,000?

It is said that if one person can lift 50 pounds, two people together can lift three times that amount: 150 pounds. As the verse states, "Two are better than one." Two people together can accomplish a lot more than just two individuals. When more people are united in serving God their actions are more effective. Each individual in the group reaches a far higher level than he would have had he acted alone, no matter how hard he has worked. The Chofetz Chaim points out that we see this in bircas hamazon. When three people recite Grace after Meals together, they say "let us bless," but when ten people recite it, they say, "let us bless our God" - they reach a higher level.

When a community is actively involved in the pursuit of Torah and Mitzvos one should not separate himself from them since he is thereby preventing them from reaching higher levels and accomplishing greater things. The word "TEAM" stands for: Together, Everyone Accomplishes More!

April 28, 2013

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Visitor Comments: 5

(5) Anonymous, May 14, 2017 1:57 PM

Amen! Excellent article and very well written! Thanks for posting!

(4) Anonymous, May 31, 2016 12:16 PM

Excellent and well said! Thanks for posting!

(3) Zachary Leighton, May 15, 2015 11:15 PM


This was my bar-mitzvah portion, I had a similar idea during my speech but you nailed it here! Shabbat Shalom!

(2) Anonymous, May 16, 2014 4:32 AM


This is great! Thank you so much for posting it!

(1) yechiel, May 5, 2013 10:29 AM



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