Bemidbar – 9 June 2016 / 3 Sivan 5776

Torah Portion Bemidbar, the first parasha in the Book of Numbers, begins with a census.  Hence the English name of the book.  The Torah portion raises up the importance of being counted.  We all want to be counted, that is, recognized and considered important in our communities and in our nation.  As this season of the political primaries for President comes to a close, we can reflect on the primary process and its goal of making certain that every American in every State gets a chance to be counted.  We may or may not like the outcome of the process in a given cycle, but it is a chance to be counted, to have our voices heard.  Some wish that the candidates who don’t have the votes to win at a convention would drop out before the primary process is over, but if that happens, the voters in the last state primaries will not be counted.  The message of Bemidbar is that every person counts.