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Tosfiyos Megila 23a gives 3 reasons. 1- Since the Maftir of Shabbos has only 2 Pesukim and we do not read less than 3 Pesukim. We can not start from a earlier or finish with a later Pasuk as it has nothing to do with Shabbos. 2- The Haftora has to do with what we just finished reading, and if every Shabbos we read the same Maftir then all the Haftoras ...


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He had 5: His real name was Shelumiel ben Tzurishaday (I wonder if this is where that insult comes from?) Zimri- because of all the relations he had with Kozbi his eggs (scrotum) became strange "She'Na'aseh ke'Beitzah ha'Muzeres" Ben Salu-because he either caused the people to describe his family as a sinful one or he caused Hashem to examine their sins. ...


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YS cites Pinchas' killing of Zimri (Bamidbar chapter 25) as an example of Shimon and Levi's “parting of ways.” YS's question can be strengthened with further illustrations of the ambiguity and tension that seems to surround these two charcters. In Bereshit, Levi and Shimon are both severely reprimanded in the blessings of Yaakov at the end of his life: ...


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Just a thought of my own... The verses here do not list 600 thousand names; they list different the different families in each tribe, headed usually by one of the direct children or grandchildren of Yaakov's twelve sons. Those sons had descended to Egypt over 200 years ago and in all likelihood most if not all of them were not alive anymore. It is unlikely ...


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The Midrash (cited in my comments to YS' answer) gives the following analogy: It's like two people who borrowed money from the king. One paid back his debt, and indeed later was able to lend to the king. The other not only failed to repay, but borrowed again. Similarly, Shimon and Levi both "borrowed" (became indebted to G-d) at Shechem. Levi repaid his ...


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The Bnei Yissochar answers it says in Parshas Pinchas: תחת אשר קנא לאלוהיו ויכפר על בני ישראל In Pirkie D'rav Eliezer it says: Hashem saw Pinchas and asked him "What are you doing?" he answered and said he was angry for Hashem and Hashem told him you are always angry for Hashem in Shitim about the Immorality and here on the fact that they wait ...


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The Beis Yisroel of Ger said this is a lesson. When it comes to קנאות-zealotry,the first thing you do is check things out, what were the motivations what was the intended goals only after it all checks out then comes the reward.The Chasam Sofer adds another point the way to check the legitimacy of the Zealot is to see what happens after he is mocked for his ...


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The Chidushei HaRan in Sanhedrin gives two answers (I hope I'm translating correctly): Pinchas wasn't asking what the law was, and Moshe wasn't answering him. Moshe said "let he who read the letter be the agent". He was saying that I'm not telling you the halacha, but if zealotry is required here, you're the best man for the job. Moshe Rabbeinu was not ...


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In the Sanhedrin 73a there are number of cases when a sinner could be killed by a single person but not by the beis din (also known as 'din rodef'). Rashi says there: ואלו שמצילין אותן. מן העבירה, that means that saving a sinner from making a sin is enough reason to kill him even without a victim.


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The simple reading of the verse is that they ate meat that had been slaughtered as part of the idol worship. (Elsewhere Chazal talk about dried fruit and other "high-residue" foods with regard to Ba'al Pe'or, but specifically in this verse, it sounds like it's talking about meat.) Exodus 34:15-16: טו פֶּן-תִּכְרֹת בְּרִית, לְיוֹשֵׁב הָאָרֶץ; וְזָנוּ ...


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This issues is discussed at length by the Rishonim. The interesting opinion is that of Rabbeinu Meshulam (a student and contemporary of Rabbeinu Tam) who claims the Torah purposely omitted the chatat of Rosh Chodesh, because the Talmud states that it is brought to atone for Hashem for him making the moon smaller than the sun, and we do not want to mention ...


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Exodus 6:25 seems to speak of the birth of Pinchas before the Exodus. In terms of entering the land of Israel, the Ohr haChaim writes that the decree of death extended from people who were age 20-60, not the ones younger and not the ones older. So Pinchas may have been a young lad at the time of the spies, and the decree would not have extended to him.


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There are various explanations as to why a census is taken at this juncture. Ramban's (e.g. to 26:5) is that it was needed to see whom to divide the land among. (See 26:53. This applies to the census of everyone but shevet Levi, who got no land and were counted separately.) In that case, we understand why the daughters of Tz'lofchad were counted: they got ...


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If you read the text plainly, you can see that "all the famous people" of the family are mentioned and then the total of the family is given. Depending on which culture you come from when you read the chumash, this either shows that famous people who do great acts are as important as the soldiers, or that soldiers are as important as the famous people who ...


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The so called god they worshiped was the Baal Peor the way it is worshiped is be defecating on it. The Jews in the Desert ate Maan the perfect food which had no extra bran so they did not produce Fecal matter and did not need the Bathroom (something they complained about, this might explain the complaint and why it angered Hashem) hence the Posuk has to ...


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Reb Yackov Kamenetsky in the Emes LeYaakov answers to understand we have to see how history developed.That is while most of Klal Yisroel were slaves in Mitzrayim,Levi was free to learn Torah. It was the Torah values that allowed the Leviim to channel their zealousness in the proper way. By stark contrast Shevet Shimon never got to learn Torah.Therefore their ...



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