Divine Love and Human Uniqueness

Parashat Bemidbar

The opening of the book of Numbers does not exactly make for scintillating reading. God commands Moses to take a census of adult males, which Moses proceeds to do. Why the seemingly plodding procession through tribe after tribe after tribe? A variety of Jewish interpreters suggest that though Numbers 1 may seem boring at first glance, it actually conveys one of the core truths of Jewish theology and ethics: Individuals matter. (5774)