Pinchas is mentioned several times in the Tanach but in the pasuk Bamidbar 25:11 this is the only time the 'yod' in his name is diminished in size. I don't know if every manuscript has this anomaly. It was explained to me that his small act of obedience with his hand was instrumental in the Covenant of Peace. I wanted to know if this is a correct interpretation of this pasuk or is there another explanation. I could not find anything else in my research.

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    To which manuscript are you referring? Two very early surviving codices from the 10th Century do not show a diminutive yod. That is, both the Codex Leningrad and the Orientales 4445 codices reflect normal scripting of the yod. Both codices, however, have a margin note to indicate that the word פִּינְחָס occurs only once in Scripture as the first word of the verse. – Joseph Jul 15 '17 at 21:06
  • Minchas Shai says something on the topic, but I can't seem to figure out what he's saying, if anyone wants to take a stab at it. In general, though, Minchas Shai just makes a note on these sorts of things, without explaining the reasoning behind them. – DonielF Jul 16 '17 at 1:34
  • Can you provide a pic or a link to it? I don't know how many readers are familiar with this. – DanF Jul 16 '17 at 16:30
  • @Joseph I don't know the manuscript where this was found. It was part of a discussion where it was mentioned. – B A Malinowski Jul 17 '17 at 15:48


A good source. Two possible explanations: -They weren't sure if the Yud was supposed to be there, so drew it smaller in case. -Mystically, using violence to solve your problems diminishes the presence of God within you, so the Yud (indicating God) is diminished in Pinchas.

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