DVAR TORAH – by Rabbi Zelig Pliskin
The Torah states: “When you go out to war against your enemies, and the Almighty, your G-d, will give him into your hand…” (Deut. 21:10).
The Arizal, a great Kabbalist, noted that the verse refers to the Jewish people in the singular. However, regarding our enemies, it starts out in the plural (“enemies”) and the verse ends referring to them in the singular (“give him”, instead of writing “give them”). Since this is not a case of poor editorship, what is the lesson that the Torah is coming to teach us?
The Arizal elucidates: The Torah is telling us that if we have unity and are as one when we go out against our enemies, then even though our enemies are very numerous, you will be victorious as easily as if they were just one.
The importance of unity for accomplishment applies not only during times of war against an enemy. It is just as necessary during times of peace. When a group of people will work on any project with a spirit of togetherness, they will accomplish much more than if they would each be doing things as separate individuals.