One Person, One Mitzvah, The Whole World by Michael Winner/8/1/2007 I’m officially on break for a little bit, which means: family time!!! (Which really means that I have to do all sorts of things that my wife has been saving up for me since Pesach)Being that for the past several days, we’ve been experiencing a heat wave (average in the high 90s and low 100s), and we don’t have any air conditioners (oh yeah, it did go down to the mid 80s at night…), we needed to take Rochel Leah out to some place a little cool. So we took a bus ride in to go to “Rav Shefa Mall”, which is a two story frum mall, and Shanky’s Book Store. Both air conditioned.At the mall, my wife and 20 month old daughter went on the escalator several times. Rochel Leah was so excited after coming down that she had a big smile on her face and jumped several times in glee to show all passer-byers how great the escalator is.Then we went to Shanky’s, who realizing his clientele, had different toys spread out throughout the store. Rochel Leah saw a toy baby carriage, gave a shriek, ran to it, threw her stuffed monkey in, and was happy as ever. Things only got better when they put some music on, which she clapped and danced to (for those who know my mother, she’s a replica).Then yesterday, our activity consisted of Rochel Leah and me riding the bus for 90 minutes.What’s the point of all this, you ask? Simple: Learn this from little children; enjoy every little pleasure you have in life, and don’t focus on the things you don’t have.Okay, on to Torah!“You (singular) must safeguard and keep the entire mitzvah that I am prescribing to you today. Then you (plural) will survive, flourish, and come to occupy the land that G-d swore to your fathers” (Devarim 8:1)I saw a very nice Kli Yakar on this recently, I thought to share over.He asks a question, which I never would have noticed. At the beginning of our pasuk, the Torah is speaking to the individual, “You (singular) must safeguard…”, then at the end, the pasuk is in plural, “Then you (plural) will survive”The Kli Yakar writes that this is to teach us the power of just one individual; being that one individual can sustain the entire world, and even when this individual does one simple mitzvah, he is praised. For when this individual “safeguards and keeps the entire mitzvah”, then “you (the nation), will survive…”The Kli Yakar also notes why the pasuk says, “… and keep the entire mitzvah (singular)”. There are certainly far more many mitzvos in the Torah then just one! He understands the part of the pasuk to mean that the successful accomplishment of just one mitzvah can also lead to “you (the nation), will survive…” When a person does one mitzvah, he will be given opportunities to do others, and from there a person will continue to grow.Interestingly this reminded me of an incident several years ago, when I was discussing “Shniyim Mikrah”with a rav in Chicago. The Shulchan Oruch brings down that a person should read each week’s parsha twice, which either Rashi, Onkolus, or even a good translation once. I told him that between work, my other learning obligations, and my non-existent children that I use for a good excuse not to do anything; I simply had no time. He told me (if I remember correctly), that the Chofetz Chaim promised that anybody who does “Shniyim Mikrah”, will see that he has more time to learn. I figured, ‘why not?’, and gave it a try. Needless to say, my learning time did continue to increase… and now I’m learning full time! You never know…Either way, we see through the Kli Yakar, the power that an individual has and the power an individual mitzvah has. Interesting…I just remembered that there is a Gemara in Brachos (I’m on a roll today), that says that when a person does not make a blessing before eating food, he is stealing from Hashem and from the nation. Okay, from Hashem we can understand, but what affect does it have on the rest of the nation? Rashi answers that a person who doesn’t make a blessing causes the crops to whither.Okay, now we certainly see, between the Kli Yakar, “Shniyim Mikrah”, and the Gemara/Rashi in Brachos, the power of the individual and the power of individual mitzvos. We all have the power to affect the rest of the nation for the positive or the negative. May we all merit seeing only positive affects!Have a great Shabbos!