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Thus, in my remarks to my congregation this Yom Kippur, based on this Gemara and Rabban Gamliel’s view, I sought to explain that the sinners – the chelbana – the galbanum that we include in our fast and prayer service are compared to those Jews who unfortunately are prevented from joining us because they are tinok she’nishba – that is, they are ignorant of our Torah.

Our situation is analogous to the following scenario: Two people are in a small watercraft and one of them starts drilling a hole under his seat. The other person screams at him, “What are you doing?” He responds, “None of your business. I am only drilling on my side!” His astonished fellow retorts, “Fool! Through your action you will cause us both to sink and drown.”

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My friends, we are all in one boat, dependent on each other. No man or woman is an island unto him/herself.

(To be continued)

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