Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Parshat Pinchas

You can read the basics here.
  • What on earth is this b'riti shalom/My covenant of peace? And as for the everlasting priesthood, didn't El'azar/Elazar/Eleazar already have that, as a grandson of Aharon/Aaron, the original priest? See Numbers chapter 25, verses 11-13.
  • Another !#$%^&*!!! census! Genig, shoen/enough, already! On the plus side, the census, plus the "sacrifice readings," make for a relatively easy Torah reading for the baal koreh/leiner/Torah reader :), since such readings are extremely repetitive.
  • Good for B'not Tz'lofchad/the Daughters of Zelophehad (see Numbers chapter 27, verses 1-11) for standing up for their rights (and/or their father's rights)!
Nice haftarah (1 Kings 18:46-19:21)--I like the notion of HaShem being in the still, small voice, rather than in the fancy sound-and-light show.


Blogger Larry Lennhoff said...

1) Commentaries say that only sons of Aaaron and their future offspring were given the kehuna at the time you cited. Pinchas had already been born, so he was not included.

2) Still small voice (or as Rabbi Kaplan translates it 'a sound of thin silence'): We see this lesson repeated often - light shows and instant conversions have no staying power. See the Golden Calf, 40 days after Mt. Sinai, Eliyahu having to flee for his life 1 day after everyone on Mt. Carmel was shouting 'Hashem hoo haelokim' etc.

Wed Jul 13, 01:51:00 PM 2011  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

1) Methinks the commentators were grasping at straws--I see no evidence--but it's as good a guess as any.

2) "light shows and instant conversions have no staying power" Agreed. For that, there's plenty of evidence, as you were saying.

Wed Jul 13, 08:36:00 PM 2011  

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