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* The degree by which a Jew is responsible for another is explained by Rabbi Forst, in his book the “Laws of
Brachot” Each Jew is a part of the whole Jewish people as a finger is part of the whole body, what affects the
finger affects the whole body. If a finger is missing, then something is missing from the perfection of the whole.
He says. “The commentaries explain that the failure of one Jew to perform a mitzvah is not merely a private
affair. All Jews are guarantors for each other. Our souls are interlocked and we bear responsibility for one
another. Thus although I may have fulfilled my own personal requirement to perform the mitzvah as long as
another Jew has not yet fulfilled that mitzvah my own personal obligation remains wanting”.. 25 My Journey through the Haggadah by Yekutiel Atkins
So, the ‘Freedom’ that we received after our Exodus from Egypt is the seemingly
paradoxically submission of our own inclination, to do what God requires of us. “It has been told
you, O man what is good“says the prophet “and what the Lord does req...
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