parshat Pinchas

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The Yeshiva WebsiteThe Parameters of Pinchas' Zealotry
Our portion opens with the Torah's praise for the "zealotry" - of Pinchas. What's the meaning of this zealotry, what is its source, and why is Pinchas deserving of such an exceptional Divine reward?
  • Pinchas' Law
    At times and as proven by Pinchas, an act of violence or war is justified and necessary, to make peace. If the Allied Forces had not intervened and declared war against Nazi Germany and Japan, can anyone imagine our lives today, if at all we would have survived?
  • Justifiable Homicide
    There are those amongst us who abhor violence at all costs, in all circumstances. Apparently, these murmurings against Pinchas,were so strong that the Lord had to "intervene" to defend Pinchas and highlight the justification and necessity of his act.
  • Name That Hero
    The name of this week’s protagonist, Pinchas, is quite fascinating, for it contains within it another well-known name: Noach. What is the connection between the two?
  • Lessons of a Leader
    The Parsha of Pinchas contains a masterclass on leadership, as Moses confronts his own mortality and asks God to appoint a successor. In the case of Moses, the Sages sensed a certain sadness at his realisation that he would not be succeeded by either of his sons.
  • Tirtza – The Story of a Forgotten Capital City
    The daughters of Tzlofchad, discussed in the parasha, are symbols of righteous women, in whose merit Bnei Yisrael left Egypt and arrived in Eretz Yisrael. One of the five daughters was Tirtza. Tirtza was also the name of the capital city of the northern Kingdom of Israel.
  • Will Women Bring Redemption?
    A look in this week's Torah reading Pinchas to understand why Jewish women usually get it right with regards to bringing Redemption...and why Jewish men so often don't.
  • שיג ושיח
    Moral v. Political Decisions
    A Shiur by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks for the weekly Torah reading of "Pinchas".
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