With patience and wisdom, a teacher instructed his young student in the reading of the Torah.

The teacher explained, “When you see two ‘yuds’ together in the text, do not read the word as it appears. This is G‑d’s holy name. Rather, say ‘Hashem,’ meaning ‘the name of G‑d.’

With new understanding, the boy attempted to read the verses. At the conclusion of each verse, the teacher was puzzled to hear the child say, “Hashem.”

“Where do you see G‑d’s name after every verse?” the teacher asked.

The child pointed to the two dots at the end of every verse. These dots stand one above the other, like a colin, and are used to separate the verses.

The teacher smiled. “Dear child, a Jew is represented by the letter ‘yud.’ When two ‘yuds’ stand side by side, in unity, G‑d is happy and dwells there. These are the two ‘yuds’ that are pronounced as G‑d’s name.

“But if one Jew stands above another, and they are not in harmony, G‑d does not dwell there. These are the two ‘yuds’ at the end of each verse; they represent the end, not G‑d’s holy name.”

“In Noah’s ark the wolf lay next to the lamb, but did not become a lamb. Peace is when different opinions can coexist.”