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The Pasuk in Parshat Bechukotai speaks about pursuing and uprooting the enemies of the Jewish nation who plan to do us harm. Rashi's commentary on this is well known: "A small number of people fulfilling the Torah, cannot be compared to many people fulfilling the Torah."

The power of a large group, wherein each individual contributes what he can, and unites himself with the entire group, is strong enough to weaken and overcome those enemies of Israel who "rise up against us in every generation." More than once, we are saved from those evildoers who attack all that is holy. It is the merit of Torah study, and the merit of the praying together in a minyan, that stands like a shield before calamity.

The Midrash Rabba (Parshat Toldot) says that the philosophers Avnimus HaGereidi and Bilaam the son of Be'or, said to the nations of the world, "Go and pass by their synagogues and houses of study. If you find their children learning noisily, you will not be able to overcome them, for their father Isaac promised this to them, saying, "The voice is the voice of Yaakov." When the voice of Yaakov is found in the synagogues, the 'hands are not the hands of Esav.' That is, the hands of Esav, the power of mindless military might in the world, is stilled

The word "Synagogues," or Batei Knesset, also means when the Jewish nation gathers, is kinus, is gathered together as one group and with one goal. When they are together and they answer the "Kedusha" together as one, in awe of Hashem, as they accept upon themselves the yoke of Heaven; then together, they will sing verses of Rachamim, of mercy, to ask and beg for the many needs of the Jewish nation and for those who seek health and salvation.

The purpose of our organization, Tehillim Olumi, is to improve the world through the song of prayer, by dividing up the verses of the chapters of Tehillim between thousands of Jewish children, may they only multiply and increase!

Through the songs of King David that will be heard in Jewish cities at all times, when each person becomes accustomed to reciting the verse given to him, all of the chapters of Tehillim will be completed every moment. With Hashem's help, this, the famous power of completing Tehillim, will eliminate the attribute of Judgment hanging over our brothers, the Jewish people, who are in distress whether at sea or on the land.

As our holy sages and righteous leaders said, "Who can speak the mighty deeds of Hashem ?" – he who seeks to uproot and eliminate the attribute of Might and overcome the power of the evil ones, "Shall make heard all of His praise" – should complete the entire book of Tehillim.

"Out of the mouths of toddlers and children
You have established strength."

The virtue of dividing up the chapters of Tehillim and reading them together has already been presented and emphasized by the publishers of the Chida Tehillim – Ateret Paz. They have quoted sources that clarify that the general public of the Jewish nation, who cannot recite the entire book of Tehillim on their own, due to a lack of time, can divide up the chapters between them. When each person recites part of the book, and together they finish the entire book, it is considered as if each one of them read the entire book himself.

The power of the masses joining together – with the part that each person recited coming together and uniting as one entity to complete the entire book, was compared in the Chida Tehillim to the public joining together to purchase a Torah scroll. Jewish authorities rule that each one of the participants who physically and monetarily contributes to purchasing the Torah scroll fulfills the commandment to write a Torah scroll; and, that it is as if he wrote the entire scroll.

They also quoted the words of the great and holy Kohen Gadol, the Chafetz Chaim, in his book Ahavat Chessed (Part 2, Chapter 16), who wrote about a Gemach fund that the members of the community established; and in which many people took part together. In his holy words, the Chafetz Chaim writes, "Even though they are numerous and the lender's money does not compose the entire loan, but rather a small part of it, it is nevertheless clear that Hashem considers it as if each individual who contributed is the only person doing the act of kindness, because without his small sum of money, the poor person could not have obtained the loan.

"This is similar to what is stated in the Gemara Tractate Shabbat (3a) regarding work on Shabbat. The rule is that a person who does the entire act, and not a person who does a part of it, is held responsible. This is because a person who does a small part of a type of work is exempt. However, if it is the case that one person alone cannot bear the burden, the Mishnah rules (92b) that even he who does just a small part is held responsible. The reason that this is not considered a "small part" of the work is because, without his participation, the work could not have been performed at all, so it is considered as if he himself did all of the work."

If the holy Chafetz Chaim applied this concept of uniting and partnering to issues related to acts of kindness performed with money, all the more so will a world be built upon kindness regarding the Tehillim Olami project. There is great merit when Tehillim is recited by toddlers and children, who increase peace in the world, by uniting and connecting together. Their power is great and strong as they come together to uphold the pillar of prayer with unity, love, peace and friendship. The songs that they recite, and the praises that they pronounce, are capable of maintaining the entire world and influencing salvation from Heaven and great kindness; because of the attribute of Mercy that they arouse.

The great attribute of kindness that is expressed when Jewish children learn Torah and pray, which is so virtuous and effective that it is considered to maintain the entire world, was discussed by the great and holy advocate, the pillar of prayer and defender of all Jews, the holy Rebbe of Berditchev. In his prayer book Keter Nehora, explaining the verses of the Zichronot section of the Rosh HaShannah Musaf prayers, the Berditchever Rebbe writes, "And it says, 'I remember the kindness of your youth' and it also says, 'And I remember My covenant with you in the days of your youth.' Out of the great awe of Hashem, it is worthy to also ask Hashem now, on the holy Day of Judgment, to remember the kindness of our youth – how we learned Torah when we were children and our words were innocent and bore no sin. The letters that we learned then are the basis of all of the Torah and the prayers, as it says 'Out of the mouths of babies and children You have established strength.' It also says, 'And I remember My covenant during the days of your youth,' and this is due to Hashem's great love for us – that He remembers the Torah that we learned during our youth."

"Quote me your verse."

We have found several times in the words of our Sages that Jewish children were accustomed to reciting verses by heart. Each child would say the verses that he had received and studied from his Rebbe when he learned Torah. The verses were readily quoted by the child. The Jewish sages would raise various questions and doubts that they were deliberating on at the time while the child was present. Then, they would ask the child to, "Quote me your verse," and the child would recite the verse that was in his mind at the time. The Sages viewed this as a type of prophecy, a Ruach HaKodesh, revealed to them from Heaven. Interpreting the verse would help them clarify issues; know what to do and understand their obligation to Hashem based on their specific situation at that time. Similarly, in the Gemara, in Tractate Chullin (95b), we find that Rabbi Yochanan also said to a child, "Quote me your verse."

We also learn that the power of the verses that were readily quoted by the children also caused the wicked to give up their evil plans. The opposite of what they planned to do to the Jews actually occurred, for they would become Jewish themselves after hearing the verse, and they accepted the yoke of Heaven upon themselves.

Tractate Gittin (56a) includes an Aggadah from our Sages about the destruction of the Beit HaMikdash. When Nero, the Caesar, ascended to Jerusalem to destroy it, 'He shot an arrow toward the east, and it fell in Jerusalem; toward the west, et cetera. He shot toward all four directions, and each time, it fell in Jerusalem. He said to a child, "Quote me your verse." The child said, "And I will lay my vengeance upon Edom by the hand of my people Israel." Nero said, "The Holy One desires to lay waste His house and to lay the blame on me." So he ran away and became a Ger, and Rabbi Meir was descended from him!"

The source and root of this practice of the holy Tanaim and Amoraim, to base their actions upon asking a child, and then interpreting the meaning of the verse that he quoted without worrying that this might be considered Nichush (divination) is found in the words of the Beis Yosef. In the Shulchan Aruch, Yoreh Deah Part 3 (Siman 179), the Beit Yosef quotes the Sma"g, the Sefer Mitzvos HaGadol. "It was customary in early times to ask such from a Jewish child and their answer contained a degree of prophecy."

Similarly, in the book Torat Chaim on Tractate Bava Batra (12b), it says that, "ever since we were exiled from our land, the power of prophecy and Ruach HaKodesh exists in the verses that are readily repeated by the children." The Sages could rely on the fact that the verse that the child said was similar to prophecy. "This is because, since the day that the Beit HaMikdash was destroyed, prophecy was given to children. When a child says his verse, it is similar to prophecy, and it is fitting and proper to rely upon it."

Therefore, how goodly is the lot of all those who participate and take part in reciting Tehillim, uniting out of a feeling of love for all Jews. How powerful it is when the masses join together to perform this good deed; making themselves open to receiving Hashem's Divine presence upon themselves and allowing His Ruach HaKodesh to speak through them. The merit of the verses of Tehillim and the merit of the words and letters will stand for their credit to bring blessing and success to their homes, to stop our enemies and to bring bounty and goodness to the entire Jewish nation. Their prayers and requests will rise up and be accepted with mercy and willingly before the Master of the universe, and the merit of King David will protect them and us.

In Heaven, these prayers will advocate favorably for us that we be blessed with all of our heart's desires for good, that our toil will be productive and that we are physically healthy all of our days, until we merit the light of the Moshiach and we sing a new song for our redemption and the freedom of our souls. Amen, may it be Hashem's will.