And I made the Levites wholly given to Aaron and to his sons from the midst of the Israelites to do the work of the Israelites in the Tent of Meeting, to atone for the Israelites, that there be no plague against the Israelites when the Israelites approach the sanctuary (Bamidbar 8:19). Five times this verse mentions the “Israelites.” Rashi says this corresponds to the five books of the Torah. This verse highlights the Levites who are elevated above the Israelites. And since God did not want the Israelites to feel rejected, explains the Sefat Emet, He stressed that Israel was as precious as the five books of the Torah. Life does not need to be a zero sum game, rather we must value each person and always remind them of how precious they are.