This week, we die into - of all things - census counts. Why does the Torah tell the Israelites to give a half shekel as a way to count men for military service? What is the significance? Does it have some lesson for politics in modern America? We say yes. We also discuss the sin of the golden calf, one of the most shocking events in the Torah. To stay up to date and to comment on this week's episode, please Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Portion-1840699399318632/?view_public_for=1840699399318632 And please review the show on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.