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Moving From Counting Others to Making Others Count© BaMidbar, 2014/5774

Moving From Counting Others to Making Others Count© BaMidbar, 2014/5774 By Rabbi David Baum I had an opportunity to sit with a colleague who I had not yet had the pleasure of getting to know last week at the Rabbinical Assembly convention.We had to do a delicate dance as the conversation pivoted to our work lives.Let me begin by stating a pet peeve I have with rabbis.What do you think the first question two pulpit rabbis ask each other after, what’s your name?How BIG is your congregation, or how many members is usually the first question.And yet, I have realized that it’s a necessary question.So I tried to ask a ton of other questions relating to programming, to other issues, but trying to avoid numbers became an impossible task.Finally, I relented, and was brutally honest, “Richard, I have to ask this question, but I hate having to do it:how many family units are in your congregation?”He said, “David, I know, I wish there was a better metric to get to know a group of people than numbers…