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    Moshe Rabbenu tells
    us in Parashat Nisavim
    (29:28), “Ha’nistarot
    L’Hashem Elokenu
    Ve’ha’niglot Lanu
    U’l’banenu Ad Olam” – “That which is
    hidden belongs to Hashem our G-d; but
    that which is revealed is for us and our
    children, forever.” This verse establishes
    the concept of collective responsibility
    toward Torah observance. We committed
    ourselves to the Torah together as a
    nation, and not just as individuals. And
    therefore, we have a responsibility to see
    to it, as best we can, that all other Jews
    observe the Misvot. It does not suffice
    to ensure that we and our families are
    devoted to the Torah. We must also be
    concerned that all our fellow Jews are
    likewise committed. This verse tells us
    that although we are not responsible for
    the “Nistarot,” for the sins we are not
    aware of, the “Niglot” – the spiritual ills
    and failings of which we are aware – are
    our responsibility to address.
    The Hafetz Haim (Rav Yisrael Meir
    Kagan of Radin, 1839-1933) explained

    this concept through an analogy to a
    borrower who borrowed a large sum of
    money and asked a friend to sign as his
    guarantor. Sometime later, the guarantor
    sees his friend, the borrower, walking
    into a casino with a wallet stuffed with
    money. The guarantor rushes up to him
    and reprimands him for going gambling.
    “What’s it to you?” the friend angrily
    retorts. “It’s my money, so I can do what
    I want with it.”
    “Oh no,” the guarantor replies. “This
    directly affects me. If you throw your
    money away, I’m the one who’s going to
    have to come up with a million dollars to
    repay your loan!”
    Similarly, the Hafetz Haim explains, it
    is very much our business whether our
    fellow Jews observe the Torah, because
    we accepted collective responsibility
    toward it. We all jointly share the
    consequences of the nation’s collective
    success or, Heaven forbid, failure
    to observe the Misvot, and we must
    therefore do what we can to bring back
    those who have strayed from observance.

    Of course, this responsibility gives rise
    to the question of how this can be done.
    People don’t like being told what to do.
    It’s clear and obvious to everyone that
    if we go up to non-observant Jews and
    angrily reprimand them for violating
    the Torah, this tactic will not succeed.
    If anything, it will breed resentment that
    will further distance these precious Jews
    from our heritage.
    The solution is to affect people without
    saying a word, to show them the beauty
    of Misvot and the satisfaction they bring
    without talking about it. When we see,
    for example, a great Torah Sage poring
    over his Torah books with passion
    and excitement, we are inspired. And
    even the rest of us can inspire people
    by performing Misvot with fervor and
    enthusiasm. If people see us feeling
    happy and fulfilled for having chosen
    a Torah lifestyle, they might be open
    to the idea of trying it out. If we have
    non-observant guests for Shabbat meal
    and they see and feel the special joy of
    a family sitting together, sharing ideas
    and singing Pizmonim, this will have an

    effect. But if people see us performing
    Misvot begrudgingly, complaining about
    the responsibilities and rushing through
    them as fast as we can, they will remain
    distant from Torah life, and will in fact
    be happy that they do not embrace our
    We do not have to – and we should not
    – go over to our fellow Jews and tell
    them directly they must be observe the
    Torah. But what we can and must do
    is reach out to them automatically , by
    default, exuding joy and fulfillment in
    our performance of Misvot, and making
    it clear that we view Torah life as a great
    privilege and source of unparalleled