There are passages in the Torah and Tanach (Bible) where a census is taken. In America people are simply counted. In Israel every person is counted and recognized. Each life is valued. Every life is a world. Every individual is an important part of the whole and is needed to make Israel complete – shalem. As Jews there is a certain level of comfort we gain from knowing that we are counted and recognized. This is the kind of comfort that exists in Israel - our home.