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For that reason, when Moshe witnessed this act of cruel gossip-mongering, he took it as a sign of the health of the nation. If the bottom has sunk this low, the head can’t be that much higher. He then understood why it is that the Jews deserved such treatment. If any members of other nations degrade one another, there isn’t much fault found with them. If a member of Klal Yisrael speaks badly about another, that bodes serious consequences. We are held to a higher standard.

This concept is a powerful lesson to us about the unity of the Jewish people, our common destiny, and the power of each individual to impact the whole.

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