Byachad is the Hebrew word for together. The first time the Torah mentions togetherness was when Moses gave the ten commandments at Sinai. The quote is, “As one person with one heart”, as it was only when we were a cohesive unit that we merited the Torah, God’s greatest gift.
To me, Byachad means we are all living, knowing each and every one of us matters, we are all part of one great organism, and we are all truly responsible for one another, all 7 billion of us. When one of us is hurting, we are all hurting, and each and every one of us can make a difference.
You may ask, “I’m 1 in 7 billion, I’m but a speck, what difference can I possibly make?”
I’m reminded of a story of a suicide that was prevented by asking someone how they were doing, by simply acknowledging them. The gentleman was extremely lonely, he felt that no one cared and he was going to kill himself, yet these simple words saved his life.
That’s how you can make a difference. Imagine you save one life, they have children who have children, and you just saved hundreds, if not thousands of lives in the long run.
It’s important to remember that we each have something unique that we bring to the world, hence, everyone matters. Once we recognize that and realize that it’s not a zero-sum game and that we are all needed for this world to thrive, then we can have unity and we can live our truth.
This week, when you see someone suffering, remember you wouldn’t ignore it if it was your arm that was broken, so let’s be sure to not ignore our greater arms that are broken.
Accountability, Community, Unconditional Love
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