Divrei Hayamim I – Twenty-Six: Equality

“And they cast lots, the small like the great, to their fathers’ houses, for each gate (Chronicles I 26:13).” There are many instances throughout Tanakh where lots are cast in order to determine an outcome, and what always resonates with me about these scenarios is the equitable nature of this methodology. Casting lots is essentially rolling the dice, and assuming that no one is loading them or finding a way to cheat, it puts everyone on a pretty level playing field. The lot could just as easily point to a rich and powerful person as to a poor and undistinguished one, which in my mind creates a feeling of camaraderie among the community. If it could just as likely be me who wins or loses in whatever situation is being dealt with, I’m much more likely to want to work with others for the best possible outcome than I would be if I could avoid the situation with money, or a lack of it.

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