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Parshat Pinchas

5760 It was Tuesday afternoon and the Janitor was the only one walking around in the large modern Orthodox Synagogue when Joe Forbes, a non-observant Jew, entered and asked for the Rabbi’s study. The janitor showed him the way, ushered him in, the Rabbi shook his hand, and warmly asked him to be seated. Joe sat down and got right to the point; “Rabbi, my nam is Forbes. I’m willing to give a nice $50,000 dollar donation to your beautiful Synagogue here if you make me into a Cohen.”
5761 This week's section explains how the Land of Israel was to be divided among the twelve tribes: 1) The largest tribe got the largest area. 2) The "Urim and Tumim" in the Breastplate of the Cohen Gadol miraculously decided. 3) Lots were drawn, arbitrarily matching each tribe with an area. This doesn't seem to make sense.
5762 This week's Torah portion tells us of the changing of leadership from Moses to Yehoshua.
5763 This week's section features an unusual sentence. Moses, knowing that he is not to enter the land of Israel, asks G-d to appoint someone to replace him because so that …. "THE CONGREGATION OF G-D WILL NOT BE LIKE SHEEP WITHOUT A SHEPHERD." (27:18)
5764 This week's Torah portion is named after a Jew who took matters in his own hands and killed another Jew. This is, at first glance, not understood. The word 'Torah' means instruction. The Torah tells us how to live our lives.
5765 This week's section tells of how the land of Israel was apportioned to the twelve tribes by means of lots accompanied by a seemingly purposeless miracle; the lots themselves spoke! Each lot announced; I am the lot of such-and-such a tribe and they get such-and-such an area. (See Rashi 26:56)
5766 This week we read of how a Jew by the name of Pinchas jumped from obscurity, saved the entire Jewish nation and received two divine gifts from the hand of G-d! Peace and priesthood! Peace is perhaps the most precious thing on earth. It is the sign of the Messianic era and the goal of mankind. All strife will be reconciled and all creation will be transformed into a symphony of harmony and love. (Isaiah 11:6)
5767 This week we learn how Moses apportioned the Promised Land to the Jews by lottery. The process was a bit complicated and entailed miracles; for instance each card (called Goral) drawn actually yelled out its results. After it was over the Torah tells us that the five orphan daughters of a deceased Jew called Tzelofchad complained. "Why have we been left out etc.?" (27:4)
5768 This week's reading tells the story of the daughter's of Tzlofchad. Tzlofchad was one of the millions of Jews that died in the desert in the forty years of wandering. What made him worthy of note were his daughters. He had no sons to claim his portion in Israel (given to every Jew that left Egypt) only five unsatisfied daughters.
5769 This week's Torah portion talks about how the land of Israel was apportioned to the tribes. It was done in three ways. First according to logic; the biggest tribe got the biggest portion. Second, according to lots.
5770 This week's Torah reading begins with the adventures of a simple Jew called Pinchas, who, due to one deed of self-sacrifice, saved the entire Jewish nation from destruction.
5771 This week's Torah portion tells us of the changing of leadership from Moses to Yehoshua.
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