Parshat Miketz tells of the sons of Yaakov traveling to Egypt
to buy food and bring it back to their father. Yosef tries to
foil their plans by accusing his brothers of being spies because
their father wouldn't have to send all 10 sons to get food, and
the brothers respond that "we are all sons of one man" (42:11).
How does that explain why they were all sent? The suspicion
Yosef raises still exists!?
In Majesty of Man, Rabbi Leibowitz explains that when Hillel
and Rabbi Akiva emphasized loving our fellow man as ourselves,
they were describing fundamental principles of the Torah. As the
Ramban explains, although the trip to Egypt was long and
dangerous, Yaakov felt that developing the brothers' feeling of
unity and brotherhood was worth the risk. This Ahavat Yisrael
(love for a fellow Jew) is so critically important that Hillel
and Rabbi Akiva stressed it, and Yaakov risked his own sons'
safety for it. If we neglect each other's needs in the outside
world, in the workplace and at home, we're placing ourselves in
danger of losing the comm"unity" we strive to be a part of!