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Pinchas

Pinchas

Phinehas
Numbers
25:10−30:1

The Eternal One spoke to Moses, saying, "Phinehas, son of Eleazar son of Aaron the priest, has turned back My wrath from the Israelites by displaying among them his passion for Me, so that I did not wipe out the Israelite people in My passion." - Numbers 25:10-11

Summary: 
  • Pinchas is rewarded for killing the Israelite and the Midianite woman who cursed God. (25:10–15)
  • Israel fights a war against the Midianites. (25:16-18)
  • A second census is taken. (26:1–65)
  • The daughters of Zelophehad force a change in the laws of property inheritance. (27:1–11)
  • Joshua is chosen to be Moses' successor. (27:15–23)
  • The sacrificial ritual for all festival occasions is described in detail. (28:1–30:1)

When do we read Pinchas?

2015 Jul 11 /24 Tammuz, 5775
2016 Jul 30 /24 Tammuz, 5776
2017 Jul 15 /21 Tammuz, 5777

RECENT COMMENTARY

  • By Laurie Rice

    "You shall appoint magistrates and officials for your tribes, in all your settlements that the Eternal your God is giving you, and they shall govern the people with due justice. You shall not judge unfairly: you shall show no partiality; you shall not take bribes, for bribes blind the eyes of the discerning and upset the plea of the just." (Deuteronomy 16:18-20)

    These words, which we will read later in the summer from the fifth book of our Torah, serve to remind us of a lesson from Parashat Pinchas, a lesson about judgment and about fairness. Pursuing justice is not always easy, even for God.

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