Pinhas: A Summary of the Parsha

God gives Pinhas a covenant of peace; God explains the apportionment of the Land of Israel; the daughters of Tzelophechad petition to inherit their father's portion; Moses appoints Joshua his successor.

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God spoke to Moses and commanded him to have the sons of Israel bring offerings to God in each season of appointed meeting. Fire offerings, homage offerings and ascent offerings are noted for each of the festivals, including Passover, the Sabbath, the New Moon, the Festival of Weeks, and the Day of Atonement. Each offering, whether of animal sacrifice, flour, incense, libations or human rest, is made to express compliance to God. Moses explained these exact offerings to the Children of Israel according to everything that God had commanded Moses.

Questions For Discussion

1) The daughters of Zelophehad are given rights to their deceased father's land. Describe how important this ruling is for women then and now.

2) Moses, knowing it was his time to die, asked God to appoint a leader for the Israelites. Is there one leader of the Jewish people today? If so, who? If not, why? Would it be helpful to have one leader for the entire Jewish people today?

3) Why do you think God chose Joshua, son of Nun, to follow in Moses footsteps as leader of the Israelites? Name some qualities of leadership and loyalty Joshua has shown thus far in the Torah. Which of these qualities do you share with Joshua?

4) Name some Jewish leaders in your community. How did they become leaders? How do you think they are doing as leaders of your Jewish community?

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Nancy Reuben Greenfield

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