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Dvar for Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1-24:18)

The Torah implores us to serve G-d and describes the blessings of food, water, and health (23:25). However, the word used to describe G-d’s service is plural, while the benefits are all singular. What is the significance of the different pronouns?

Chatam 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 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.