Parshat Pinchas

Parshat PinchasParshat Pinchas (Numbers 25:10-30:1) — What do the actions of Pinchas ( Phineas), the request of the daughters of Tzlafchad,and the repetition of the requirements of the festivals have in common?

What type of leader is critical for the journey of this people into destiny?

Torah Study and Overview

Aaron’s grandson, Pinchas, rewards him  for his act of zealotry when he stepped in  to stop the desecration of G-d’s name. By killing Zimri  a prince of the tribe of Shimon and Kozbi the Midianite princess the plague that was killing the Israelites was stopped.

What made his act an act of true zealotry?

What is true zealotry?

G-d grants him a covenant of peace and the priesthood.

Why does G-d grant him a covenant of peace?

Why does G-d grant him a covenant of the priesthood?

A census of the people counts 601,730 men between the ages of 20 and 60.

What do we see about the numbers of the tribe of Shimon?

What does that teach us about this tribe?

Moshe is told by G- how the Land is to be divided by but is not told the answer to the request of  the five daughters of Zelophehad .

Why did the solution have to wait until the request was made?

What does that teach us about the relationship of the women with the land of Israel?

Moshe forcefully demands that G-d appoint a successor.

How do we know it was a forceful request?

What are the requirements Moshe is looking for in a leader?

Joshua is chosen to lead the people.

What are the qualities of Joshua that make him the perfect candidate for leading the people?

The Parshah concludes with a detailedlist of the korbanot  brought on the feasts.

This repetition of the requirement is declared especially now. Why?

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