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Parsha Pinchas (Pinechas)

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Pinchas פִּינְחָס is the forty-first parsha in the annual reading cycle. It is the eighth reading in Bamidbar (Numbers).

Pinchas פִּינְחָס is the son of Eleazar the son of Aaron; Aaron’s grandson in today’s vernacular. His name is of uncertain origin. Yoel HaLevi, Bible historian and Orthodox Jew, states in his podcast, “Pinchas is a unique name and some people link these name to Egyptian names (He is discussing several names)….. What is very interesting here is the Egyptian names continued in the house of the priests. We see generations later in the house of Eli the name Pinchas shows up again and actually relates to maintaining certain names in the family.

Pinchas פִּינְחָס is the fifth word (counting the hyphenated words as one word) and the first distinctive word in the Hebrew text (see text below).

Numbers (Bemidbar) 26

Numbers 26 Bemidbar Outline: (vv 1,2) The plague ends. HaShem speaks to Moses and Eleazar to take a census (v 3) Moses and Eleazar orders the census (vv 5-6) Reuben’s descendants (vv 8-11) Sons of Palu and people involved in Korah’s rebellion  (vv 12-14) Simeon’s descendants   (vv 15-18)Gad’s descendants   (vv 19-22) Judah’s descendants  (vv 23-25) Issachar’s descendants (vv 26-27) Zebulun’s descendants (vv 28-34) Joseph’s sons – Manasseh’s descendants (vv 35-37) Ephraim’s descendants (vv 38-41) Benjamin’s descendants (vv 43-47) Ashur’s descendants (46) Asher’s daughter – Sarah  (vv 48-50) Naphtali’s descendants (51) Israel’s total count (vv 52-56) HaShem’s instructions about land inheritance (vv 57-63) Levi’s descendants (vv 64-65) Moses and Aaron’s generation not counted except Joshua and Caleb