This week’s Torah portion, Ki Tissa, begins with an item that is also in our news: the census. Both communities deem it essential to count the population accurately. Why? TheUS census “counts each resident of the country…to determine how to apportion the House of Representatives among the states.” And the Israelites? The great commentator Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki (France, 1040-1105) said: “because they were dear to G!d, G!d counts them all the time.” Just imagine if we all felt that about each other.
Rabbi Lina Zerbarini