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Dvar Torah by Rabbi Zelig Pliskin

Dvar Torah by Rabbi Zelig Pliskin

The Torah tells the Cohanim to bless the Jewish people.  The blessing begins with:

“May the Lord bless you and keep you.” (Numbers 6:24)

Why are the Jewish people blessed in the singular?

Rabbi Moshe Leib of Sassov explains that this is to teach us that the greatest blessing is that of unity.  When we feel as if we are one unit, with togetherness, then we are truly blessed — and we feel that blessing.

It is easy to focus on the differences among people and to consider yourself as separate from others.  Truly no two people are exactly alike.  However, there are many common factors among people.  By focusing on the fact that every human being is created in the image of the Almighty, you will have greater identification with others and this will lead to greater unity.

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