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UPDATED July         3                            2018

                                           Pinchas-Zeal Bs”dT

    Pinchas the Kohen, receives God’s “Brit Shalom” (Covenant of Peace) by a act of extreme violence in our parsha. During the tragic incident of Bal Peor (A term for a place of Idol worship), the tribal leader of Shimon, Zimri, publicly engaged in sex with a Midyanite woman, Kozbi. Pinchas killed the two sinners, thereby bringing an end to the plague that God had unleashed upon the people because of their sinful behavior. Aaron was the supreme peace-maker  “loving peace and pursuing peace”. It might seem strange for a grandson of Aaron to resort to violence and get awarded the Brit Shalom” (Covenant of Peace) from the God. Peace is a supreme ideal, but not at any price.  Pinchas shows us sometime force is required to establish peace both below and above. .  Zimri, the tribal leader Shimon led the movement to permit relations with the women of Moav and Midyan and the worship of Bal Peor, and Pinchas’ act was essentially an assault on that movement.

   The story of Pinchas spans two Parsha, this show the importance of what we are talking about. The God by placing it in 2 parsha makes  sure it is to command our attention.  Pinchas is the guy who stands up to do what everyone else was afraid to. Pinchas is the kind of man that “takes care of Business”. One of the scariest things to do is to step out on a limb. Especially if you think it will break and lead to your falling and hurting yourself. But sometime things are not as they appear and one needs to do, what must be done. Pinchas is honored because he is willing to do the right thing even when others won’t act because they are afraid for what ever reason. Pinchas is the man who will do what may be the opposite of what we now call “Politically correct” because its the right thing to do. Pinchas took bold action. And for this he is rewarded.

There is another example in our parsha of people taking a big risk , going out on a limb for what is right.

   After the Pinchas incident we read of a census so to divide the land up. Moshe relays God’s words to the people regarding how the land will be divided. After this 5 daughters of Tzelachad step forward to challenge Moshe’s explanation of Gods inheritance laws concerning the land of Israel. And they won. God agreed with them and the rules of inheritance were established as they petitioned. Giving the sisters property ownership inheritance right thousands of years before, such “women’s rights” were known in any culture. The concept of women’s inheritance and land ownership was revolutionary in those times. Up until recently woman were not allowed to even drive in Saudi Arabia.

We also can learn a lesson here from the greatest of all prophets Moshe. One is never too great to learn something new from other people. As we see here even Moses, the greatest of all prophets, learns from both Pinchas and the five sisters.

The seven Heavenly Guests of the Succot  are Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Aaron, Joseph, and David in this order according to Kabbalah. Are also called the Seven Shepherds in the Zohar, each correspond to one of the Jewish holidays of the year – Pesach, Rosh Hashana, Shavuot, Yom Kippur, Succot, Shabbat, and Rosh Chodesh


It shall be for a sign and a witness to YHV’H TSVAO’T in the land of Egypt. They shall cry to YHV’H because of their troubles, and He shall send them one Who shall plead for Them and deliver them. YHV’H shall be known to Egypt and Egypt shall be know YHV’H on that day. They shall do Sacrifice and Meal offerings. They shall vow a vow to YHVH and perform it. YHV’H shall smite Egypt. He shall smite and heal. They shall return to YHV’H . He shall be entreated of them and shall heal them. In that day there shall be a highway out of Egypt to Assur (Iran) and Iran shall come to Egypt to worship, and Egypt to Iran and Egypt will worship with Iran ” (Isiah19:20-23). The Radak explains Egypt will recognize there is GOD alone after GOD sends them The Messiah to deliver them. After GOD smites Them He will heal them. The Radak explains Egypt will be innovators of Divine service among the nations. Although Egypt will be the first of the nations to accept the kingdom of Heaven, The people of Asur (Iran) will surpass them in their Zeal to worship GOD. One must always remember that even if GOD Always fulfils His good word. The way it will come about is left up to us. Therefore the Prophet Zechariah enjoins us to work hard as He says “Thus says YHV’H TSVAO’T let Your hands be strong you Who hear these words in these days. These words by the mouth of the Prophets. Who spoke on the day that the foundation of the house of YHV’H TSVAO’T was laid, saying that the Temple might be built.”. So work hard against the evil perpetrated by traitors in our midst as pinchas did !

In the Torah scroll the letter vav in the first sentence of parsha Pinchas, in the word shalom (shin-lamed-VAV-mem) is a broken “vav”. As the revelation of the “covenant of peace” is not revealed in a complete way yet. As we need healing of the “six” “lower” depths, 6 corners. The 6 lower sefirot. Which is represented by the “vav”.

The Rav Minachem MiPhano in Gilgulei Neshamos,  mentions Pinchas as a gilgul of Yosef, and how the zealousness of Pinchas in killing Kazbi and Zimri for their perversity achieved a tikkun for Yosef’s earlier slight deficiency. Kazbi was sent to seduce Moses, but she met Zimri first and though he was Moses. It was fitting for Pinchas since Pinchas’ mother was Tzipora’s sister to avenge the Midianites, who sold Yosef to Egypt and forgot also Yitro’s covenant with Moses and God. Yitro was from Midian as Kazbi. 


Minor inequities are purified by the river of fire before gehenom (Hell) called ”Dinar”, while more difficult transgressions require gehenom (hell). A Nashama (Soul)after leaving this world must fall to “Nahar Dinar”and Gehenom (Hell) before entering Gan Eden (the Garden of Eden). Those who while in this world strengthen themselves with the having bold zeal in things of Holiness. Those who when they fall in this world quickly work to rise to a higher level these will ascend from Gehenom (Hell) immediately. But those who blemished the quality of boldness through being bold in things of the otherside, or even worse detering people from serving GOD. These must remain in Gehenom. Through Holy boldness one merits “emuna”. Tishri is the time to develop Holy boldness. Holy boldness is achieved through joy. The shame faced are destined to Gan Aden, as Holy boldness stems from embarrassment, shame of distance from GOD. Sadeekem who don’t perform the mitzvot with proper ”tikun” (fixing), but do them with weak hands, without ”ratzon” (will) of the mitzvot (commandments) themselves. They journey to the Gan Aden below in Yetzera (world of the Ruach-Emotional soul). Where people are rewarded for their emotional ruach attachment to GOD. To get into the Gan Aden (the Garden of Eden) above requires a mitzvah to be done in great love and desire. Aroused by awareness of one’s Nashama (soul of Divine intellect). Because of the weakness of one’s mitzvot they are punished in Gehenom. By blemish in machut shamyim (Yolk of heaven) are punished those who trancend the will of GOD. They are punished mida (attribute) for mida. As Pharoe was punished so to reveal the Malchut (divine). This is the glory of machut shamyim. By this is purified the 7 emotional attributes. Yisreal fought Amalak in a place called “Rafadim” (weakness), referring to the weakness coldness in Yisrael’s hands as they do not fear Elokim, because they did the mitzvot in weakness. This is Amalak, the top level of tuma. Moshe raised his hands on high to overcome the hand of Amalak.1 It is proper for one to sanctify their body, all their limbs. All thoughts, words all they do. One must have zeal so to achieve purity as this will bring Holiness which will bring prophesy and this brings Eliyahu.2 Eliyahu is Pinchas as both were jealous for GOD.3 In our parsha its written “Behold, I give to him my covenant of peace. And he shall have it, and his seed after him, the covenant of an everlasting priesthood; because he was zealous for his God, and made an atonement for the people of Israel.” 



  Pinhas who is Elyahu is present at every”Brit Milah” because his zealousness stems from love of total self sacrifice!  The Brit Milah (circumcision) symbolizes our unique relationship as Jews to self sacrifice for God, God willing soon the Gilgul of Pinchas comes in his most complete form as Eliyahu HaNavi to end the biggest plague of all, the long and painful exile with the building of the Beis HaMikdash quickly in our days !

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