I am looking forward to the upcoming July 4th week because I am taking 4 days off that week and will have some more time to study Torah with a friend of my Rabbi. I have been so busy the last few weeks with both personal and work issues. But nothing can make me forget studying Torah, nothing that I can imagine…
This week we are reading the Parsha named after Pinchas, a man who in last weeks portion acted ZEALOUSLY to protect the honor of G-d and Moses while Zimri & Cosby were openly flaunting the law in front of the people. What Zimri was doing was causing the entire Jewish people to weep and cry as it seemed Moshe was confused about what to do.
This is where Pinchas took the situation into his hands and acted in a manner which stopped a plague which was destroying the people. This week Pinchas is rewarded for his act by being given ‘THE COVENANT OF PEACE’ which means he was made into a Kohen. Although Pinchas was descended from Aaron, which should have made him a kohen anyway, the fact that he was born to Aarons son before the sons of Aaron were given the Kohen position, thus he was not a kohen because only sons born after Aarons sons were made kohens would be kohens (read that sentence again).
This parsha contains another counting (census) of the people and the story of the daughters of Zelefachad…
Here is Chabads parsha in a nutshell:
Aaron’s grandson Pinchas is rewarded for his act of zealotry in killing the Simeonite prince Zimri and the Midianite princess who was his paramour: G‑d grants him a covenant of peace and the priesthood.
A census of the people counts 601,730 men between the ages of twenty and sixty. Moses is instructed on how the Land is to be divided by lottery among the tribes and families of Israel. The five daughters of Tzelafchad petition Moses that they be granted the portion of the land belonging to their father, who died without sons; G‑d accepts their claim and incorporates it into the Torah’s laws of inheritance.
Moses empowers Joshua to succeed him and lead the people into the Land of Israel.
The Parshah concludes with a detailed list of the daily offerings, and the additional offerings brought on Shabbat, Rosh Chodesh (first of the month), and the festivals of Passover, Shavuot, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Shemini Atzeret.
Let us start with Rabbi Finkelstein:
And a short shmuz from Rabbi Shafier:
Rabbi Nagin gives a spiritual outlook on the parsha:
Two of my favorite Kabbalah Rabbis, Rabbi Trugman and his teacher Rabbi Ginsburg:
Rabbi Shlomo Katz, a student of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, gives an hour shuir on our portion: