Knowing What Counts

By Richard Hirsh

Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute, October 2010

The author discusses the peculiar relationship of the Jewish people with counting: Jews traditionally obsess over many counting issues, from counting the Omer to counting the minutes of Shabbat and holidays, and yet Jews refrain from directly counting individual Jews. The author discusses the origins and implications of this dichotomy.

Topic: Halakha, Jewish Law, Culture, Jewish Text, Meaning, Religion, Values, Population Estimate

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.41/no.673

Page Number(s): 1-2

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Genre: Article

Coverage: World

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Hirsh, Richard. Knowing What Counts. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute. October 2010: 1-2. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=7257


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