The Worth of a Person by Michael Winner/5/13/2021 Well, if it's not one thing, it's another...Thankfully, we're outside of Hamas's range. However, somebody did light a fire (which was put out) to burn down parts of the city and many neighboring Arab towns have been starting up, but thankfully it's being quiet where we are.My son though is very excited, since they opened up and are preparing the bomb shelters. I think every boy is hoping Hizbollah will join in, so they can be part of the "axshun"!Whatever... this happens every 2 or 3 summers and this is no different....Take a census of the entire assembly of the Children of Israel … each male according to the head count" (Bamidbar 1:2).There's a famous question on this pasuk. In the beginning of the pasuk, Hashem tells Moshe to take a census. In the end of the pasuk he tells him, "according to the head count." Isn't that a bit redundant?An answer is given by Rav Moshe Feinstein. He explained that Hashem wanted to make a point on what type of counting he was looking for. There are many examples that an individual's greatness makes him worthy of several people. (INSERT EXAMPLES HERE). However, given this, Hashem did not want Moshe to make a census on "how many people" each individual is worth. He wanted a simple headcount that each individual, whether it was Moshe himself, or the youngest person available to be in the census, would be counted equally.This bears an important message and certainly the timing of parshas Bamidbar right before Shavous, lends credence to the message.On one hand, it's true. Some individuals are worth many of those lesser than them. Some people can be compared to a 100-watt light bulb and some people can be compared to a 15-watt light bulb. When the 100-watt bulb is lit and is working properly, it outshines the 15-watt bulb. Is the 100-watt bulb more important? Not necessarily. It would not do well in a small room, for example, and would make things too bright. But, it would light up a bigger room properly. The same goes for the 15-watt bulb. In a large room, it might not serve well, by itself. But it will serve well with others. Or perhaps, it will serve well by itself in a small room.The point is, each individual is given their strengths and missions in life. Some are 100 watters and some are 15 watters. Each one serves it's purpose and it's mission when lit properly. And each one cannot change watts.As we go into Shavous, to receive the Torah once again, we must keep this in mind. Our job is not to see how many watts we have compared to others. Rather, our job is simply to light up as much as we can. Perhaps we cannot learn well as others. Perhaps we cannot do chesed as well as others. Perhaps we cannot concentrate as well as others.Who cares?If Hashem did not care when He commanded a census to be made, why should we? Our mission is to accept the entire Torah and to keep it as best as possible. In that regard, we will be equal to that, even of Moshe himself.Have a wonderful Shabbos and Shavous!