In our Torah portion this week, God commands Moses to take a census. For our ancestors, keeping track of the community was of vital concern. Among the many needs addressed by this biblical census were military concerns as well as the equitable distribution of resources.
This year, our nation is in the process of collecting a census as well. Every household has received a census survey from the United States government, and it is up to us to fill it out. This census helps the government calculate and distribute resources for the next ten years, so every response is extremely important.
If you are like me, unless I fill out a form upon receiving it, the form is often placed at the bottom of a stack and never found again. Take some time this week. Find your census document or request a new one online. Fill it out and send it back. If it was good enough for Moses, it is good enough for us!