We Count Everyone, Because Every One Counts

  
By:  Enoch  •  3 weeks ago  •  47 comments

We Count Everyone, Because Every One Counts
"Each individual is so prescious to G-d that He takes the time to count them over and over". (Gaonim Pitgam)

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In the original Hebrew one of the books of the Torah is named, Ba Midbar. 

That means, "In the Wilderness".

It's an appropriate name.

This monograph documents the travels, high spots and travails of the flight from slavery to freedom for forty years in the wilderness of the desert.

Most who read that tome in translation know it as Numbers. This is because it notes there was a continual counting of the population.

That started as counting males in order to know the military strength of the people. Armies are there for defending against those who would would harm, even exterminate a people. 

The idea to use the term, "Numbers" came from the Talmudic Volume Sota (36b).

References to taking a census of people are found in Ba Midbar (1:1-4:20, 1-2, 26:51 and 1:46). There is also a reference in Hosea (2:1-22).

The counting of Jewish People is, in general contrary to the Jewish heritage in most circumstances. 

Why was a census taken over and over, even after the military tactical data gathering was no longer necessary?

Clearly it helps for planning in governance. It makes for better decisions on resource allocation to best serve the people.

To this day, this is done in many societies.

Theologically there is an important reason why this was done in times of Scripture and thereafter. 

Many religious people opine that we are all children of, and derived from the same G-d. The Source.

Why would G-d need us to conduct a Census? Would He not know whom and how many of us there are in His family?

The generally accepted answer to this inquiry is that the human population Census is not for Him . It is for us. Why?

We count everyone to remind ourselves that everyone counts!

If we keep that in mind as we live our lives among one another good things will follow.

Good is good enough.

What does your religion, spiritual, cultural and/or humanitarian heritage contribute to our understanding of why everyone matters?

What does it tell us about how we should make use of the concept of respecting and embracing the warmth, humanity and virtue of those around us?

What are your original ideas on this topic.

Kindly follow the site CoC, TOS: and the Four B's in your contributions.

Be On-Point.

Be Respectful.

Be Positive.

or Be Gone! 

We look forward to learning from, and successfully applying all our ideas to advance humanity in this way.

Peace and Abundant Blessings Always.

Enoch (Tallying Up Everyone at This Site and Elsewhere).

   

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Enoch
1  author  Enoch    3 weeks ago

What can you contribute from your original thoughts, and the wisdom of the various things that influence you about the following. 

Why each and every one of us matters.

We should treat each other with respect and get along if for no other reasons (and there are many) than for these.

When posting, kindly follow the site CoC, TOS: and the Four B's.

Be Positive.

Be Respectful.

Be On-Point.

or Be Gone!

We look forward to profiting from your sagacity and applying it to make the world a better place. 

Peace and Abundant Blessings to One and All.

Enoch.

 
 
 
r.t..b...
2  r.t..b...    3 weeks ago

"Because we count everyone to remind ourselves that everyone counts!"

The tragedies of this weekend past are a solemn reminder of such a fundamental, and yet somehow forgotten, premise and promise. Here's to embracing the commonality that binds us and here's to being diligent in calling out the things that separate us. Peace to you, Enoch, and a redundant thank-you for your tireless efforts in keeping us on point. And even more necessary, Peace to us all.

 
 
 
Enoch
2.1  author  Enoch  replied to  r.t..b... @2    3 weeks ago

Dear Friend r.t.b...: Amen Selah!

(So be it, for ever and ever).

Very well said.

Excellent contribution.

We are profoundly indebted.

P&AB.

Enoch.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
2.2  Raven Wing  replied to  r.t..b... @2    3 weeks ago
Here's to embracing the commonality that binds us and here's to being diligent in calling out the things that separate us.

This is an excellent point. As our country continues to sink lower and lower into the realm of hate and divisiveness, we must remember that what we do unto others, we also do unto ourselves as a human being.

Most people here on earth treat others with the same respect, consideration and civility that they want for themselves and their loved ones. It is only a few who listen to the call of Satan to do harm to others, and bring shame to our country.

We as a people must rise above that call.

 
 
 
r.t..b...
2.2.1  r.t..b...  replied to  Raven Wing @2.2    3 weeks ago
It is only a few who listen to the call of Satan to do harm to others, and bring shame to our country.

The few are simply louder and agenda driven, unfortunately forgetting the basic things in their lives we all share; working to provide for our families, parenting our children the best we can to allow them to be the best they can be, and sharing in a community where we work, worship and recreate together despite our differences. The day we finally accept that the differences are meaningless in the big picture and accept, in peace and understanding, that those differences can meaningfully impact our own lives for the better, is the day we should all be working toward. Let us strive to do that and ignore as best we can all the noise to the contrary, for it is really just noise. And thank you for the kind words. 

 
 
 
Enoch
2.2.2  author  Enoch  replied to  Raven Wing @2.2    3 weeks ago

Dear Sister Ravew Wing: Home run!

Great contribution.

Thanks.

P&AB.

Enoch.

 
 
 
Enoch
2.2.3  author  Enoch  replied to  r.t..b... @2.2.1    3 weeks ago

Dear Friend r.t.b...: Grand Slam Home Run!

Correct and eloquently stated on each and every point.

P&AB.

Enoch.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
2.2.4  Raven Wing  replied to  r.t..b... @2.2.1    3 weeks ago
The day we finally accept that the differences are meaningless in the big picture and accept, in peace and understanding, that those differences can meaningfully impact our own lives for the better, is the day we should all be working toward.

I totally agree with this statement. We must never surrender to those who try to control us with fear of one another. 

 
 
 
Enoch
2.2.5  author  Enoch  replied to  Raven Wing @2.2.4    3 weeks ago

Dear Sister Raven Wing: I too concur.

E.

 
 
 
Kavika
3  Kavika     3 weeks ago

Sadly there are those that will never accept others for reasons of color or religion. That is a fact and it's played out on almost a daily basis. 

What we can do is marginalize those people. Put a ''scarlet letter'' on them so to speak. Fight back against them everyday and accept nothing less than victory over the bigots. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
3.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @3    3 weeks ago
Fight back against them everyday and accept nothing less than victory over the bigots. 

Very true. I feel that the Creator's patients is running out for many of them, and their Karma will not be the adoration they obviously envision.

 
 
 
Enoch
3.1.1  author  Enoch  replied to  Raven Wing @3.1    3 weeks ago

Dear Sister Raven Wing: As I see it, the role of eternal justice belongs to the Creator.

"Yesh Yavoh Yom Ha Din. Baruch Dayan Emet".

Hebrew for "There will come a day of judgement, blessed be the True Judge" (Creator).

Regarding temporal justice, those who intentionally hurt others and never repent or atone, their butts belong in my brief case!

Exemplary, as your posts always are.

We are grateful.

P&AB.

Enoch.

 

 
 
 
Enoch
3.2  author  Enoch  replied to  Kavika @3    3 weeks ago

Dear Brother Kavika: I am with you toe to toe in solidarity.

Some things are well worth the fight.

Hoka Hey (Did I spell that correctly)?

Thanks for an outstanding contribution, as always.

P&AB.

Enoch.

 
 
 
Kavika
3.2.1  Kavika   replied to  Enoch @3.2    3 weeks ago
Hoka Hey (Did I spell that correctly)?

Yes, you did niijii.

 
 
 
Enoch
3.2.2  author  Enoch  replied to  Kavika @3.2.1    3 weeks ago

Dear Brother Kavika: Not our first fight.

Not yet lost one.

Give us the toughies.

We shall prevail.

E.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
3.2.3  Raven Wing  replied to  Enoch @3.2.2    3 weeks ago

We would not have been able to survive as long if we had not been strong enough, and determined enough to fight the hard battles in order to do so.

 
 
 
Enoch
3.2.4  author  Enoch  replied to  Raven Wing @3.2.3    3 weeks ago

Dear Sister Raven Wing: So true.

There is existing, and there is living.

Freedom is living.

Settling is existence.

Cheers for freedom.

E.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
3.2.5  Raven Wing  replied to  Enoch @3.2.4    3 weeks ago
There is existing, and there is living

Very well stated indeed, Dear Brother Enoch. There truly is a great difference between the two. 

 
 
 
Enoch
3.2.6  author  Enoch  replied to  Raven Wing @3.2.5    3 weeks ago

Dear Sister Raven Wing:

Thanks.

I sent an email when first I got home.

I received and responded to your last note.

Do let me know if you got the response.

E.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
3.2.7  Raven Wing  replied to  Enoch @3.2.6    3 weeks ago

Dear Brother Enoch, yes I did get the response. I will reply when I get caught up. (smile)

 
 
 
Enoch
3.2.8  author  Enoch  replied to  Raven Wing @3.2.7    3 weeks ago

Dear Sister Raven Wing: Take your time.

Tomorrow, as you know I will not be home for extended time frames. 

When I am, I shall check email and this article to fulfill responsibilites gladly.

E.

 
 
 
Enoch
3.2.9  author  Enoch  replied to  Raven Wing @3.2.7    3 weeks ago

Dear Sister Raven Wing: Got your email and responded to it.

On my way out now.

Back in touch soon.

E.

 
 
 
Nerm_L
4  Nerm_L    3 weeks ago

Everyone counts.  It's just that some count more than others.

Humans are generally unkind in their charity.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
4.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Nerm_L @4    3 weeks ago
It's just that some count more than others.

No. In reality, no one human being counts more than any other.

It is just that some like to think that some are more important than others, namely themselves. And that is where part of the problem lies. 

 
 
 
Enoch
4.1.1  author  Enoch  replied to  Raven Wing @4.1    2 weeks ago

Dear Sister Raven Wing: Precisely!

Some folks are like the denominator of a fraction.

The bigger they try to make themselves relative to everyone else, the smaller they really are.

No one more or less than any other one.

All equally beloved in the eyes of our Source. 

Well said.

Sorry I did not get a chance last night to respond to your kind private email.

It was very late before I got home from paying condolence calls and comforting mourners.

When I did arrive at the Enochabode, my head hit the pillow.

The rest is history.

Today I need to prepare.

This and next weekends I will fill in for a Senior Congregational Rabbi who is on summer vacation. 

This way the Congregation can have full Sabbath (Shabbat) Services and such pastoral care as they need and want.

We at this Congregation, as you and I cover for one another.

After all, we all count.

P&AB.

Enoch.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
4.1.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Enoch @4.1.1    2 weeks ago

Dear Brother Enoch,

There is nothing more important at this time then taking good care of your own health after the long and taxing days you have recently served.

Remember that YOU count too. (smile)

 
 
 
Enoch
4.1.3  author  Enoch  replied to  Raven Wing @4.1.2    5 days ago

Dear Sister Raven Wing: Of course you are right.

Thanks for caring.

It means a lot in general.

Even more to me as it comes from you.

P&AB.

Enoch.

 
 
 
Enoch
4.1.4  author  Enoch  replied to  Enoch @4.1.3    4 days ago

Dear Brother Enoch,

You still have a lot to share, both by yourself as well as with others of us on joint ventures here in our room. jrSmiley_79_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
It Is ME
5  It Is ME    3 weeks ago

This "Love All" thingy just ain't where it's really at right now. it sounds good ……. But...

These days ….. Nothing matters except what one wants for ones SELF !

It's not about the whole jrSmiley_55_smiley_image.gif .....but all about … this section... or ….. that section of society.

It's a "Ruckus666 is okay" world, until it doesn't fit something !

 
 
 
r.t..b...
5.1  r.t..b...  replied to  It Is ME @5    3 weeks ago
Nothing matters except what one wants for ones SELF !

That has been a singular human trait since we came into being. Once we congregated in a social structure for our preservation, there is little doubt that that structure has enabled our species to achieve all the wondrous things it has. Are there still selfish motivations? Of course, as that is part of the human condition. But it has been demonstrated throughout our history that we are capable of much more when we are united, when we consider empathy and compassion to our fellow citizens a worthy endeavor and when we look past our own self interest and are willing to share in the bounty of our environment and the benevolence of our community.

Sometimes we just have to look past the headlines to see all the good things that are anonymously and unselfishly being done, even as we speak.

 
 
 
It Is ME
5.1.1  It Is ME  replied to  r.t..b... @5.1    3 weeks ago
That has been a singular human trait since we came into being.

All violent throughout ALL that history.

Of course....news came from "Hoofing" it for weeks before something was read back then. Now EVERYTHING is 24/7 within seconds. Makes it sound worse than it was back in history, because the news is soooooo quick....even if it's wrong.

 
 
 
r.t..b...
5.1.2  r.t..b...  replied to  It Is ME @5.1.1    3 weeks ago
All violent throughout ALL that history.

If it was ALL violent we would have become extinct long before our potential could be realized. And granted, unspeakable acts have been and will continue to be perpetuated upon our own. I believe it is our natural (or supernatural as you believe) will to survive that has allowed us to overcome the violence inherent in our being. One need look no further than the selfless acts of kindness and generosity in wake of the latest round of senseless killings. The evil will always be a part of us and it is to be fought with every fiber of our being, but the good will always quietly and unshakably win out.

 
 
 
It Is ME
5.1.3  It Is ME  replied to  r.t..b... @5.1.2    3 weeks ago
If it was ALL violent we would have become extinct long before our potential could be realized

You don't read History....do ya !

There isn't one time in history where someone didn't kill one another.

kinda makes your argument on violence now....a mute point.

It's just a furtherance of "History".

No one is going extinct even now.

 
 
 
Enoch
5.1.4  author  Enoch  replied to  r.t..b... @5.1    3 weeks ago

Dear Friend r.t.b...: Excellent point. 

Early this morning I conducted pre-dawn, morning; then a Memorial Service for a first responder of 09/11/2001.

All across the State of New York and some border states when 9/11 occurred emergency personnel came to the site to help out.

That includes a local fire department here in upstate NY. 

One fire fighter contracted cancer in the same way local fire and other emergency staff did.

He left this life very late last night.

I know.

I was with him, his family and some of his off duty colleagues in the hospice and palliative care wing of a local hospital.

Today in spite of sometimes driving rain, strong winds, thunder and lightning people of many traditions and ways of life came from near and far to pay their final respects.

At the grave site internment ceremony I conducted it was muddy, hard to see through the rain.

There were more than a hundred who attended. 

They did what they did not because of their generosity of their human spirit.

All there are the same.

All members of the same human family.

All making their presence felt as a testament to a man who lived life well, and gave it up in the service of others.

No one will know who attended who was not there.

No one will recall who braved the elements because it was the right thing to do.

Let those who wallow in and celebrate selfishness resort to snark and article derailment.

The simple fact of the matter is there are people who take seriously the need for us all to pitch in and more humanity forward. 

Great positive contribution dear friend.

We are most grateful.

Peace and Abundant Blessings.

Enoch.  

 

 
 
 
r.t..b...
5.1.5  r.t..b...  replied to  Enoch @5.1.4    3 weeks ago
All members of the same human family.

Let that be the premise for every thought, every post, and every deed and things will change. Seek out the like-minded as there is strength and encouragement to be had. But never exclude any who are not of the same mind, lest the divisions between us grow wider. Thank you for your service and your wisdom, brother.

 
 
 
Enoch
5.1.6  author  Enoch  replied to  r.t..b... @5.1.5    3 weeks ago

Dear Friend r.t.b...: As to you.

Your wisdom, maturity, compassion and high ethical standards are a lighthouse beam to enlighten one and all here.

The point of the four B's is to allow one and all to contribute their views, if on topic, respectful and positively stated.

We seek not a one side of views.

We encourage in an atmosphere of fellowship the free exchange of ideas.

That is why in the article, and in the first post by me the topic at hand is clearly defined.

Most read and follow it.

Over time, it is hoped the others will get on board and add to what we are doing with their thoughts on how to get it done.

Peace and Abundant Blessings Always to You and Yours.

Enoch.

P.S. Headed out soon to make condolence calls to the family, extended family, friends and colleagues of the first responder who moved on and up last night.

E.

     

 
 
 
Raven Wing
5.1.7  Raven Wing  replied to  r.t..b... @5.1.5    3 weeks ago
But never exclude any who are not of the same mind, lest the divisions between us grow wider.

That is a very profound statement. And one that bears repeated many times over. It is our differences as human beings that should unite us instead of divide us.

If we all thought with one mind, one eye and one word, how are we to make progress in this world to the benefit of us all.

 
 
 
r.t..b...
5.1.8  r.t..b...  replied to  Raven Wing @5.1.7    3 weeks ago
It is our differences as human beings that should unite us instead of divide us.

It takes an open mind, a generous heart, and a willingness to look past oneself to look past our differences. Not easy work, and always a work in progress. I always imagine a preschool playground...kids from every background and every caste, brought together without expectation other than to simply enjoy the moment. Let us be more childlike in our interactions.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
5.1.9  Raven Wing  replied to  r.t..b... @5.1.8    3 weeks ago
Let us be more childlike in our interactions.

I agree. No child is born with hate in their heart and mind. It is taught to them by adults. 

I was raised in the South when racial prejudice was a standard way of life. But, I was not taught by my Parents to see only skin color, or other such prejudices. I saw it first hand from many around me every day, but, it never invaded my own home, heart or mind.

However, being a Native American in the South I experienced first hand the prejudice of being a non-white as well. And it still alive and well here in America even in the year 2019. I guess there is still a lot of growing up to be done before many Americans can not only talk the talk, but, actually, walk the walk.

 
 
 
Enoch
5.1.10  author  Enoch  replied to  Raven Wing @5.1.7    2 weeks ago

Dear Sister Raven Wing: The points made both by you and our good friend r.t.b... are indeed profound.

Most worth of our thought and application.

What makes each of us different is what makes every one of us unique. 

Diversity is very much a part of every level of existence in the great chain of being tapestry.

At the biological level, diversity is what prevents mass extinction when the environment has even minor changes.

It is a time proven way to insure survival of many forms of life. 

Metaphysically a diversity of revelations allows of all of us to be who we are.

To get along not in spirte of, rather because of our various approaches to life.

It is for this reason that evangelism, a pre-meditated attempt at deicide by killing off the Holy One one religion, spirituality or humanitarian approach to life at a time if different than the missionary sinner.

See Vayikrah (Deuteronomy {All of 13, key in on 13.5}) for details.

When we respect differences, seek out and work with similarities we embrace the true selves of each other.

Good comes from respect and harmony.

Therefore, choose good.

P&AB, Dear Sister.

Enoch.

     

 
 
 
Enoch
5.1.11  author  Enoch  replied to  r.t..b... @5.1.8    2 weeks ago

Dear Friend r.t.b...: We can learn a lot from children.

They come into this world pure and untainted.

From time to time, it is good for us to turn away from the corrupting influences of society.

To return to the purity of our souls when first we entered this life. 

This we should, and must do often.

Particulary before we crown this level of existence and ascend to the next higher level of being.

Please see my post on the survival value of diversity in post 5.1.10 to our Sister Raven.

P&AB Always.

Enoch. 

 
 
 
Enoch
5.1.12  author  Enoch  replied to  Raven Wing @5.1.9    2 weeks ago

Dear Sister Raven Wing: True as true can be.

The fascists in Charlotesville VA proven that point.

As did the mad mad in Squirrel Hill PA and too many other places.

At this late point in history one would think it would be obvious that walking around with hatred in the heart is no way to live life.

It seems otherwise for some.

Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

May the Source of all goodness grant the virtue impaired insight in better how to invest their fleeting time in this life.

Help, don't hurt.

Well done Sister.

P&AB.

Enoch.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
5.1.13  Raven Wing  replied to  Enoch @5.1.12    2 weeks ago

Dear Brother Enoch,

Thank you for your kind words, and sharing your great wisdom with us all. There is a huge difference between those who stand in the limelight and profess their Christian purity, but, do not walk the walk that gives them the right to sit at the right hand of the Creator as they feel entitled to do.

It is those who are not driven by the selfish need to stand in the spotlight, and quietly help their fellow human beings, who truly walk the walk. 

 
 
 
Enoch
5.1.14  author  Enoch  replied to  r.t..b... @5.1.2    2 weeks ago

Dear Friend r.b.t...: We are on the same wave length. 

We don't deny there is violence, sin, evil. etc.

We also don't ignore there is compassion, mercy, kindness and goodness.

It is by working together to bring out the best in us all, however that happens based on what ever it takes to so move people that life continues to improve.

"Henei, mah tov u' mah nayim, shevit achim gam yachad".  

"Behold, how good and nice it is to sit together as brothers". (Ancient Hebrew Song).

When we approach life as the keepers of all our sisters and brothers, all in the same human family as equals; that is where the best in us comes out.

That is our sweet spot.

It is where our focus and actions are best placed.

Great points.

Superior contribution.

This is what this thread and the room Sister Raven Wing and I co-run is here.

To motivate and inspire progress.

This world and those in it will never be perfect.

It can and shall improve.

It must.

The emphasis is not on what can go wrong.

It is on how to make it better.

P&AB.

Enoch.

 
 
 
Enoch
5.1.15  author  Enoch  replied to  Raven Wing @5.1.13    2 weeks ago

Dear Friend Raven Wing: My college basketball coach, Hall of Fame Inductee the late C.M. Newton defined character as how you conduct yourself when no one is looking.

We concur. 

It isn't about winning accolades.

Doing good so it can overcome and surpass evil is is our ticket.

This is a choice and a series of actions each and every one of us, whoever we are can elect to pursue.

Virtue is open to one and who who choose it.

So is vice.

Here is to virtue.

Easy choice for many of us, diverse as our ideas and backgrounds are. 

We are still all people.

All the same.

P&AB.

Enoch.

 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
5.1.16  Raven Wing  replied to  Enoch @5.1.15    2 weeks ago
the late C.M. Newton defined character as how you conduct yourself when no one is looking.

Absolutely concur. It is not about how much applause and praise one gets from what they do that is important, it is how what you do that truly helps others that is important.

In my honest opinion, while it is great that people come together to help others no matter what their skin color, religion, sexual preference, political position, or ethnic background during time of a disaster, it should not take a great tragedy for that to happen. Helping others in need should be an on-going way of life for us all at all times. There are those in need of help even during times of no great tragedy. 

When we help others, we in turn help ourselves. That should not be too hard to understand.

 
 
 
Enoch
5.1.17  author  Enoch  replied to  Raven Wing @5.1.16    2 weeks ago

Dear Sister Raven Wing: Your wisdom and compassion are flawless.

They always are.

There is a saying in Hebrew. That the doing of a good deed is a good deed.

In other words, there need be no more to it to do right because that is a self fulfilling act.

The continental rationalist philosopher, Immanuel Kant called the doing of a righteous deed a Ding an Sich (German for "A thing in itself).

There need be no reward.

Doing good is self contained.

We do draw together in times of crisis.

We need to do this 24/7, 365.25.

I recall once when I sat in on services conducted by a Roman Catholic Priest.

He was for many years my workout partner at a local athletic club.

Great friend.

It is a custom in their services to turn right and left, in front and back to shakes hands and wish each other a good week.

Its a wonderful custom.

His sermon for that day was about carrying over what happens in the Sanctuary to the rest of the week.

He pointed out that after services, some drivers cut each other off in a hurry to exit the parking lot to get home.

Not ten minutes after the conclusion of praying, singing, and fellowship together they practiced parking lot road rage.

He raises a good point.

It's not enough to give lip service to what we claim to believe.

If we do not live by it, do we really believe it?

Super commentary dear Sister.

We are indebted.

P&AB.

Enoch.   

 
 
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