Friday, February 5, 2010

A Unified Nation

Everything in this world appears disconnected and as separate entities.
This is true especially among people. Physically, we are all unique, and do not look exactly alike. More so, in our minds and intellect we are very different from one another, as the sages say, "Ein Dayosehen Shavos", our opinions and thought processes are far from equal.
There are two causes that can transcend these limiting factors, and unite a people. They can do this since they are higher than the world itself.
Which two things are on a higher level than the world? Well, which things came before the world, and are the purpose for its creation?
Rashi on the first words of the Torah explains that the world was created for Yisroel and for Torah.

As the Jews camped near Mt. Sinai, about to receive the Torah, Rashi says (based on the wording in the verse) that the Jews were completely unified, "K'Ish Echad B'Lev Echad", as one man with one heart. This was before the Torah was given, so we know it couldn't have been Torah which united the Jews. With only one option left, it is obvious that the Jews' own Jewish identity was the factor in unifying them all. All Jews share a common G-dly spark in their soul. The Jewish people can be very divided at times. However, they can also reach such a lofty level of unity that they appear as just one man with one heart.

The Egyptians also were unified during the same period of time. As they were chasing after the Jews toward the Sea of Reeds, Rashi explains (also based on the wording in the verse) that they were of one heart, as one person. Notice the subtle difference as to the wording describing their unity to that of the Jews'.
Only because of their common hatred of the Jewish people, could they be united.
Jews, on the other hand, became united for the simple fact of who they were. That caused them to be one of heart in their desire to receive the Torah. Their unification into one man caused their singular emotion at the base of Mt. Sinai.

If you are a gentile, have no fear! After the Torah was given, the capability for at least a similar unity was also given to the rest of the world. For as we said before, Torah is also something which gives the power to unite.

May we see the coming of Moshiach and the "ingathering of the exiles" when we'll all be reunited with all Jews, past and present, in Eretz Yisroel!

Based on sicha aleph in chelek chof aleph on parshas Yisro