All Yisroel Together
The stature of the leader is the measure of the people. Without
a unified nation, there is no King.
Once the Holy Ba'al Shem Tov was praying with a minyan of his
closest disciples. The Ba'al Shem Tov used to pray at great
length with intense dvekus, longing and yearning for his Creator.
His disciple would finish their prayers much earlier and then
wait, sometimes for hours, for the Rebbe to finish.
Once the Ba'al Shem Tov extended his prayers even longer
than usual and the disciples grew weary of waiting. They decided
each one to attend to whatever he had to do and then to gather
again in the Shul an hour later. After an hour, they had
all returned and they waited some more until the Ba'al Shem Tov
had finished his prayer.
He then turned to them and accused, "You've created a great
disunification in that you went out to attend to your private
needs and left me here alone!" Then he told them the following
It is know that the nature of birds is to migrate to the warm
countries during the winter months. Once, the inhabitants of
one of those countries spotted an unusually beautiful and unusual
bird with feathers of every color in the universe, and he was
perched at the crest of a very high and mighty tree that was impossible
to climb. When the King of the land heard about the bird, he
decided that he must capture it. He ordered many, many people
to be brought to the forest where the tree was located. One was
to stand on the shoulders of the other until they were able to
reach the perch of the beautiful bird, and then to bring it to
The procedure of reaching the heights of the tree was very arduous
and time consuming. Some of those at the bottom of the human
ladder lost sight of the task at hand. Weary and disgruntled with
the amount of time it was taking, they began to disperse. It goes
without saying that the whole ladder toppled to the ground, injuring
those on the highest sections. The King wanted that his people
should be banded together with a common purpose, but this time
nothing was gained.
"It was good", concluded the Ba'al Shem Tov, "when
you were bound together with me in my prayer. But when you disbanded,
each going his own his own separate way, everything fell. What
I had hoped to achieve, was lost."