Parashat B'midbar

Self-Accounting in the Wilderness

For the Rabbis, the wilderness is actually a desirable place to be.

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In building the Big Tent Jewish community we are trying to create, we must consider how those who have cast their lot with us can increase our strength rather than deplete it. The final tally of Moses' census may have provided a definitive population number, but the process itself was intended to help us realize that as a people our strength as a group is greater than the sum of our parts.

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Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky

Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky is executive director of the Jewish Outreach Institute and the author of numerous books about Jewish spirituality.