Cooperation, the ability to work with others to reach a goal, is a skill that young children develop over time. To engage in teamwork, children must acquire skills such as patience, self-confidence, problem solving skills, the ability to control their emotions, and the capacity to understand the feelings of others.
Judaism urges individuals to work together to create strong and caring communities. Pirkei Avot, 2:5 says Al tirfrosh min hazibor or “Do not separate yourself from the community.”
Highlighting the benefits of teamwork, as well as pointing out the disappointments that can result when individuals fail to work together, the PJ books listed below offer guidance on how to cooperate with others.