INSIGHT: Shared Sins

Well vs. Ill

Well vs. Ill

“You are all standing together! Arvus! You are all responsible for each other!” Moshe said.

If Moshe Rabbeinu would be speaking English, his message would be, “Stop thinking only about yourself: I, and start thinking about all of us: We.”

Now for an interesting Shazak word play:

A healthy person is “well” and a sick person is “ill.” Both words have two L’s at the end. The difference between them is at the beginning of the word: “well” has “we” – and “ill” has the letter “i.”

So, we = well. I = ill. Get it?

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Shazak insight

Shared Sins

On Yom Kippur we do a lot of confessing, telling HaShem what we’ve done wrong and promising to do better. In fact, there is a special prayer called “Al Cheit,” in which we list a whole bunch of no-good sins (BTW: there’s no such thing as a “good sin”).

For example:

Al Chet Shechatanu… For the sin we have committed by scheming against a fellow man.

Al Chet Shechatanu… For the sin we have committed by embezzlement.

Scheming? Sounds bad! Embezzlement? Sounds even worse! (Not even sure if I know what it means!)

Amazingly, each line begins with “For the sin which we have done…”

We?! Yes, we.

Even if you did not do that particular sin, there is some other Jew out there on planet earth who did. Remember… Kol Yisrael Areivim Zeh LaZeh – we are all responsible for each other.

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