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Phinehas

פנחס 41 מא

Chapter 25 כה

[פרשת פנחס] י וַיְדַבֵּר יְהוָֹה אֶל־מֹשֶׁה לֵּאמֹֽר: יא פִּֽינְחָס בֶּן־אֶלְעָזָר בֶּן־אַֽהֲרֹן הַכֹּהֵן הֵשִׁיב אֶת־חֲמָתִי מֵעַל בְּנֵֽי־יִשְׂרָאֵל בְּקַנְאוֹ אֶת־קִנְאָתִי בְּתוֹכָם וְלֹֽא־כִלִּיתִי אֶת־בְּנֵֽי־יִשְׂרָאֵל בְּקִנְאָתִֽי: יב לָכֵן אֱמֹר הִנְנִי נֹתֵן לוֹ אֶת־בְּרִיתִי שָׁלֽוֹם: יג וְהָיְתָה לּוֹ וּלְזַרְעוֹ אַֽחֲרָיו בְּרִית כְּהֻנַּת עוֹלָם תַּחַת אֲשֶׁר קִנֵּא לֵֽאלֹהָיו וַיְכַפֵּר עַל־בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵֽל: יד וְשֵׁם אִישׁ יִשְׂרָאֵל הַמֻּכֶּה אֲשֶׁר הֻכָּה אֶת־הַמִּדְיָנִית זִמְרִי בֶּן־סָלוּא נְשִׂיא בֵית־אָב לַשִּׁמְעֹנִֽי: טו וְשֵׁם הָֽאִשָּׁה הַמֻּכָּה הַמִּדְיָנִית כָּזְבִּי בַת־צוּר רֹאשׁ אֻמּוֹת בֵּית־אָב בְּמִדְיָן הֽוּא: פ טז וַיְדַבֵּר יְהוָֹה אֶל־מֹשֶׁה לֵּאמֹֽר: יז צָרוֹר אֶת־הַמִּדְיָנִים וְהִכִּיתֶם אוֹתָֽם: יח כִּי־צֹֽרֲרִים הֵם לָכֶם בְּנִכְלֵיהֶם אֲשֶׁר־נִכְּלוּ לָכֶם עַל־דְּבַר פְּעוֹר וְעַל־דְּבַר כָּזְבִּי בַת־נְשִׂיא מִדְיָן אֲחֹתָם הַמֻּכָּה בְיוֹם־הַמַּגֵּפָה עַל־דְּבַר פְּעֽוֹר:

Pinchas

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 (B’midbar) 25:11 Phinehas (Pinchas), the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, hath turned my wrath away from the children of Israel, while he was zealous for my sake among them, that I consumed not the children of Israel in my jealousy.

Notes from Rabbi Avila’s teaching on July 10-11, 2015 / Tamuz 23-24, 5775. Expanded upon as I was recording it here.

This verse contains the word “jealousy” twice. Why?

Numbers 31

Numbers 31 B’midbar Outline: (vv 1,2) YHVH instructs Moshe about  war with Midian & his death. (vv 3-6) Moshe instructs Israel about war (vv7-12) Israel defeats 5 kings and returns with the spoils (vv 13-20)Moshe is angered, instructs to kill woman and male children,  gives instruction about purification. (vv 21-24) Eleazar instructs about the purification (vv 25-31) YHVH Instructs Moshe about the spoils (vv 32-47) The spoils counted and shared (vv 48-49) Military Leaders report no Loss of soldiers (vv 48- 54) Military Leaders offer an atonement offering for the soldiers.

Numbers 25 (Bemidbar) Outline: (vv 1-3) Israel at Shittim whores with Moab & worships Baalpeor. (v 4) YHVH instructs Moses (vv 5-6) Moshe instructs the chieftains (vv 7-15) Phinehas slays Zimri & Cozbi; YHWH rewards him (vv 16-18) YHVH instructs Moshe about Midianites.