Bamidbar (Shavuot)

“Numbers” is the book of counting, but there is love in these lists. Think of a kindergarten-teacher counting children as they get on and off a bus, each individual number as important as the total. Important things “count” for us, we “recount” significant events. And yet the biblical blessing is always to be, not just numerous, but uncountable. “Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured or numbered.” The opposite of a people that ‘count’ isn’t a discounted people, but an uncountable one. And, transcending a relationship between one who counts and those counted, a new loving relationship is presented based on equality, when they “shall no longer call me baali (master) but ishi (partner).

.

.

.

[Inspired by: Numbers 1 and its haftorah, Hosea 2.]

.

.

.

.

Advertisements

Any thoughts? Please share!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s