“’You shall be to me a kingdom of ministers and a holy nation,’ these are the words that you shall speak to the Jewish people” 19:6
- A kingdom of ministers - Leaders – Rashi
- A kingdom of ministers – You shall be to Me, My special portion [dedicated to serving Me in this world] – Rabbeinu Bachya
- Had the Jewish people been meritorious, they could have each been Kohen Gadol. This elevated status will be restored to them in the End of Days. – Baal HaTurim
Our decision to assume the weighty moral responsibilities of the Torah endowed us all with the potential to be exceedingly great. How firmly we would adhere to the strictures of the Torah would determine our success at attaining this lofty goal. The potential is there eternally, and although the promise that we would collectively attain it will not be fulfilled until the Messianic Era, every person is capable of individually pursuing and achieving this noble quest. To strive for less is to shortchange oneself of the unique rank accessible only to the Jewish people.