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Bechukotai (Leviticus 26:3-27:34 )

by Rabbi Eli Scheller

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!

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