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Sunday, May 24 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
I Am Not Just a Statistic

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How do we see the individual, the person, amidst the overwhelming deluge of statistics that we are bombarded with each day? This is not a modern problem. The Torah itself is very wary of taking a census because of its intrinsic dehumanizing nature. In our session, we will study the opening chapters of the Book of Numbers (BaMidbar), which contains three censuses of the Israelite population. Through a close literary reading of the text, we will examine the “how” of counting and see the methods that the Torah employs to preserve, and even enhance, the dignity of each and everyone who is numbered.

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Meir Schweiger

Senior Faculty, Pardes Institute
Meir Schweiger grew up in “the Bronx” (NY) and has lived in Israel since 1972, when he came on aliya. He has a BA in mathematics and physics from CCNY and an M.Ed in teaching Bible from the Herzog College in Alon Shvut. He did his advanced Jewish Studies at Yeshiva University... Read More →

Sunday May 24, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT