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For the week ending 4 June 2011 / 1 Sivan 5771

One Man With One Heart

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
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An historic demonstration of unity took place this week 3,323 years ago.

When the Torah records the arrival of our ancestors at Sinai, it refers to them both in the plural and singular form in order to communicate the message that they achieved unity of being "like one man with one heart."

The most important event in Jewish history, the receiving of the Torah, had to be preceded by a nation of millions blending into one entity.

Unity is unfortunately missing in the Jewish world today. Differences in the level of observance and differences in political orientation characterize the disunity of Jews in Israel. Only in times of trouble do we witness a togetherness which should always be the case.

Let us hope that the echo of that Sinai unity will resound today and unite all Jews in Israel forever.

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