What is the deeper meaning behind showing compassion towards another? We need to first remind ourselves of the deep spiritual connection all Jews have with one another. We are one, literally one being, made from the same G-dly ‘stuff’ -> a singular entity, one soul. Ya’akovs household is referred to in singular in contrast to Eisav’s family in plural (nefesh vs. nafshos, parshat Vayigash).
Even if we are not conscious of this special union of souls in Heaven we are all intertwined. Every Jew has within himself a portion of every other Jew for which he is responsible. In showing compassion towards another Jew we are in effect showering it upon ourselves. We are all one in the same!
Feel & heal exercise of the day:
Consider how one part of your body interacts with another and is dependent on the other. It is exactly the same when it comes to interacting with another Jew.