Torah Parsha Pinchas SummaryAaron’s grandson Pinchas is rewarded for his act of zealotry in killing the Simeonite prince Zimri and the Midianite princess who was his paramour: God 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; God 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.
Hebrew Anomolies in the Torah Parashah:There are two anomalies in the Hebrew text in this Parashah. One is an undersized “Yod” in the name Pinchas in Numbers 25:11, and the other is a broken “Vav” letter in the word “shalom” in Numbers 25:12. The Small Yod: As the smallest of all the Hebrew letters, the Yod is considered a picture of selfless humility. The zeal and righteous indignation of Pinchas is therefore understood in light of his humility and devotion. Even though Pinchas had executed judgment on behalf of God, he was given peace. The Broken Vav: Since the Hebrew letter Vav is traditionally looked at as representing man (as it is upright and the 6th letter of the aleph-bet) the broken Vav represents the man of peace is broken. This verse then alludes to a man that has been broken for the sake of a covenant of peace that brings atonement to Israel – a clear picture of Yahoshua HaMashiach and his ultimate atonement for us!
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