Every Star Counts by Michael Winner/6/10/2016 In this week’s parsha, the Torah goes into a very long counting of the Jewish nation. By family, by tribe, and by division (3 tribes per division). Programmers happen to find this parsha very difficult to learn. We don’t like repetitive code. Simply create a function, loop it 12 times, change the variables, and the parsha will be much, much shorter. However, there is a reason for everything. One of the more … popular… explanations is that just as a collector, counts his collection carefully, enjoying each individual item, so too Hashem was counting over his nation, individually.Every morning in davening, we say “He is the Healer of the broken-hearted, and the One Who binds up their sorrows. He counts the number of the stars, to all of them He assigns names” (Tehillim 147:3-4)Years ago, I saw a wonderful explanation to this. Basically, the above can be read: A person, who is feeling broken-hearted and low, should know that Hashem will take care of them. Where is their proof to this? He counts the number of the stars and assigns each of those stars a name. There are around 100 billion stars in the Milky Way itself, and Hashem cares enough to name each one individually. All the more so, a human being, a Jew, is also counted and is also recognized by Hashem, each by their name.It’s very easy to think that you as an individual is a nothing compared to everybody else, but Hashem has shown that He looks after each person on their individual level.Have a wonderful Shabbos and a meaningful Shavous!