Pinchas

Pinchas

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G-d Finds the Good

PINCHUS

" Pinchas , the son of Eleazer, the son of Aaron..............................................." (25:11)

A leader in Israel, Zimri, was killed by Pinchas because Zimri was committing immorality in public with a Midyanite Princess. This took great courage, and in fact saved the Israelites from a plague. Rashi quotes Sanhedrin…

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Peace of my mind

We are told that the result of Pinchas’s heroic act was that he was awarded with the Kehunah. What does the Kehunah have to do with what Pinchas did? One idea here is that, as the Maharal says, the key facet of the Kohen’s job is the creation of shalom.…

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And then there was one

 

 

 

The Yom Tov of Shmini Atzeres makes an appearance at the very end of our sedra. Chazal tell us that HaShem instituted Shmini Atzeres because He declared ‘your separation is hard for me.’

In other words, HaShem wanted us to stay and celebrate ’with Him’ one…

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Heir Conditioning

“This is the census of Moshe and Elazar the priest (to apportion the land of Israel) who numbered the children of Israel in the plains of Moav by the Jordan at Jericho. But among these there was not a man of the (earlier) census of Moshe and Aharon the priest…

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The Function of a Leader

When Moshe Rabbeinu entreated Hashem to appoint a leader to succeed him, Hashem answered, \"Before you command Me concerning My children, command My children concerning Me.\" Moshe proceeded to a command the Jewish people concerning the laws of the daily and holiday sacrifices.
In order to understand this Midrash…

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Forever Zealous (From the Haftarah)

(Adapted from the Ma'ayanah shel Torah) : "And he said, I was zealous on behalf of Hashem ... , for B'nei Yisrael have forsaken His covenant, they have demolished Your altars and slain Your prophets by the sword".
* G-d complained, says the Yalkut, that Eliyahu seemed unable to put in…

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