The Freedom of the Collective and the Freedom of the Individual Are Equal
This seems to be completely unjust that when someone commits a crime, you are responsible for him, even if you are not acquainted with and are distant from that person!
But such is the law: The world is judged by its majority and the individual is judged by its majority. One who does good sentences the whole world to a scale of merit. And if he commits a sin, he sentences himself and the whole world to a scale of sin. This is why it is said, “one sinner destroyeth much good.”
Hence, the law of nature states that all the people in the world are responsible for one another, and each person brings merit or sin to the whole world with his deeds.
– Baal HaSulam, “Matan Torah (The Giving of the Torah),” Item 17