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Individual Postings 1st appeared(& were copied in html form) on the Email List Mail JewishFrom: Russell Hendel <rhendel@saber.towson.edu> Date: Sun, 11 Jun 2000 22:54:57 -0400 (EDT) Subject: Question on Odd Statistics in Numbers Census A few years ago I asked, on Mail Jewish, a question of my grandfather Why in Numbers Chapter 2 is Gad the only census figure not ending in a multiple of 100". I received many answers and my father(my grandfathers son) was very pleased at the results. I have a similar mathematical question on Nu03:39-50. The percentage of FirstBorn in the nation is 3.7%. For there were 22,273 firstborn (Nu03-43) out of 603,350 Israelites (Nu01-46). But the percentage of FirstBorn in the Levites is lower. There were 300 Firstborn levites (Rashi on Nu03-39) out of a total of 22,300 Levites (Rashi on Nu03-39) making a percentage of 1.3% (Vs 3.7%). Are there any Midrashim, Sources (or simple explanations) as to why the big difference in 1st born ratios (1.3% vs 3.7%) Russell Jay Hendel; Phd ASA; Math, Towson; RHendel@Towson.Edu Moderator Rashi is Simple http://www.shamash.org/rashi/