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Pinchas-Zeal                                             Bs”d

Pinchas was still functioning as Pinchas, during the days of the ‘Judges,’  specifically the time of  the judge Yiftach (2788-2792/972-968 BCE) – over 300 years since Pinchas killed Zimri          !

That’s a long time Pinchas is special

Pinchas risked his future by killing people, thus invalidating himself from a chance at priesthood for himself and all his future descendants. But by killing Zimri and Cosby  Pinchas became a Cohen and received from God a “covenant of Peace”. This is counter intuitive and paradoxical. We must not only live with contradiction we must dwell within the Paradox. Pinchas kills people is then given the covenant of Peace and extremely long life.

“Pinchas the son of Eleazar the son of Aharon the kohen has turned My anger away from the children of Israel by his zealously avenging Me among them, so that I did not destroy the children of Israel because of My zeal. Therefore, say,  I hereby give him My covenant of peace

(Bamidbar 25:12)

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.

Eliyahu from the tribe of Binyomin had only been in him “ibor” . What remained was the main part was Eliyahu from the root of Gad, and therefore he could no longer be called “Pinchas,” but rather, “Eliyahu HaTishbi,” alluding that his soul was from the tribe of Gad. Prophecy returned to him after he was called “Eliyahu HaTishbi,” and after Shmuel had died so that Nadav and Avihu could return to him in “ibor” during the incident of Mt. Carmel. At that time, the people fell on their faces and said, “YHV”H is Elokim” (I Melachim18:20-29). When they said, this “Nadav and Ahu”  were forgiven for their sin of “cutting off their plantings” when they blemished the Divine Presence.  (Sha’ar HaGilgulim, Chapter 32) What Eliyahu lost he regained: the souls of Nadav and Avihu. With the souls returned his prophecy, never to leave him again. His act of jealousy for God  at Mt. Carmel when he upstaged the priests of Ba’al brought him, the souls of Nadav and Avihu, and the generation of that time, “tikun”.

In the year 3043, almost 600 years!,   from the time Pinchas acted on behalf of G-d to kill Zimri and save the Jewish people from themselves, Eliyahu HaNavi ascended to Heaven in a fiery chariot  (I Melachim 2:11).

Eliyahu found respite in the cave at Har Chorev, until he went up in a windstorm to Heaven. It was Eliyahu HaTishbi from the tribe of Gad who ascended to Heaven, and he did not descend again. However, Eliyahu from the tribe of Binyomin, reincarnated into the one mentioned in the posuk, “And Ya’areshyah, Eliyahu, and Zichri were the sons of Yerucham” (I Divrei HaYomim 8:27). Later, when he died, he ascended to join Eliyahu HaTishbi who had ascended. It is Eliyahu from the tribe of Binyomin who ascends and descends constantly to perform miracles for the righteous, and to speak with them. (Sha’ar HaGilgulim, Chapter 32) Not to mention stops by Seder Night at the houses of Jews around the world towards the end of the Seder when we open the door and recite ‘spill your wrath.” However, in The days of  HaMoshiach, he will have an additional role to fulfill, once redemption becomes a thing of the past, may that be soon in our time: In the “End of Days” in the generation of Moshiach, Moshe will return to teach Torah to Israel and will still be of “uncircumcised lips.” However, Eliyahu,  will be  will be his interpreter.

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.”

Eliyahu never died; he  wanders  the earth for all of time, He Is  a visitor at every Jewish “brit milah” – testifying that God’s people are keeping His covenant. 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. Eliyah attends  every family Seder – bearing witness that the people of Israel are  on their path back to redemption, and Eliyahu  visits people  every motzei Shabbat – celebrating and recording the merits of the children of Israel. In the end, Eliyahu will announce the  redemption and return the hearts of parents to their children and the children’s hearts to their parents.

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 !



BE BOLD IN HOLINESS and SEE WONDERS

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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 !