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Pinchas


Torah Thoughts

Parashat Pinchas is one of my favorite parashot. In this parsha, it is determined how land will be allotted once the people get to the promised land. It will be allotted by the male lines, according to tribe.

But a man named Tzlofchad, who died a natural death (as did all those who left Egypt after the age of 20), left five daughters and no sons. The daughters petition Moshe, saying that while some died in the desert due to their having argued for leadership of the people or lighting foreign fires, their father did no such thing. But by not allotting any land to his heirs, his name would be blotted out.

Moshe, rather than dismissing these concerns, brought them before G-d, WHO AMENDS THE LAWS OF INHERITANCE, not just for the daughters of Tzlofchad but FOR ALL TIME! As such, from the time we crossed into Israel, the land of any man who died without male heirs went to his daughters! This may not seem like much to the modern person, but was REVOLUTIONARY.

This was not forgotten: one of the FIRST things that is mentioned in the book of Joshua is that the daughters of Tzlofchad receive their land.

Other matters of interest: On Shabbat, Rosh Chodesh, and Yom Tov we say extra prayers in the morning, called Mussaf.  This comes from this Parsha:  on these days an extra korban was to be burned, called the korban mussaf.


Torah Thoughts