Today’s Aliyah

Dvar Torah for Mishpatim 6th Aliyah

The Torah implores us to serve G-d and describes the blessings of food, water, and health that we will receive: “And you shall worship the Lord, your G-d, and He will bless your food and your drink, and I will remove illness from your midst” (23:25). However, the word that is used to describe our service to G-d is plural, while the “you” that receives the benefits is singular. What is the significance of the different pronouns?

Chasam Sofer suggests that through communal interaction, we achieve the most extraordinary form of personal benefit. In fact, many commandments can only be done as a community, such as returning lost objects, loving our neighbors, etc. If we pray and work to help others with their struggles, the Torah attests that our personal needs will be satisfied. Helping others not only improves their lives but benefits ours as well.