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The weekly Torah portion of Pinchas (Numbers 25:10–30:1)

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How many Jews sinned with the Moabite girls and Ba'al Peor?

The Passuk (Bamidbar 25:9) tells us that 24,000 Jews died in the plague following the sin of the Moabite girls and Ba'al Pe'or. Is that the total sum of Jews that sinned or were there more? I had ...
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Another pronunciation question

On rosh chodesh we read from the Torah (Numbers 28:14): וְנִסְכֵּיהֶ֗ם חֲצִ֣י הַהִין֩ יִֽהְיֶ֨ה לַפָּ֜ר וּשְׁלִישִׁ֧ת הַהִ֣ין לָאַ֗יִל וּרְבִיעִ֥ת הַהִ֛ין לַכֶּ֖בֶשׂ יָ֑יִן זֹ֣את עֹלַ֥ת חֹ֨דֶשׁ֙ ...
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Why specifically mention Yosef?

When listing who will settle in land on the east of the Jordan river, Moshe adds in part of the tribe of Menashe, but Bamidbar 32:33 identifies the group as coming from the tribe of "Menashe ben ...
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Why did Tzlofchod's daughters deserve to get a portion?

Didn't the generation that died in the desert forfeit their portion because they sinned and that's why they died and only the new generation born later inherited the land of Israel? And even if the ...
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Was Yirmiyahu HaNabi a descendant of Pinchas HaKohen?

While reading this week's Torah and Haftarah portions Pinchas (פִּינְחָס‎) & Yirmiyahu (Jeremiah), I began to wonder if Yirimiyahu HaNabi was of the line of Pinchas HaKohen. Outside of both ...
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Irregularities in korban specifications

When listing korbanot, Torah specifies "unblemished" immediately for all days except for Shavuot, where this requirement seems to be added later as an afterthought: Bamidbar 28:3, tamid: ...
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Tzlofachad's reason of death?

In this weeks parasha, Pinchas, Tzlofachad's daughters go to Moshe and say about their father dying was not due to other people, rather due to himself. The gemara in Shabbos 96b notes that Rabbi Akiva ...
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What is the point of Moshe asking for a successor?

Bamidbor 27, 15 &16 יִפְקֹ֣ד יְהוָ֔ה אֱלֹהֵ֥י הָרוּחֹ֖ת לְכָל־בָּשָׂ֑ר אִ֖ישׁ עַל־הָעֵדָֽה׃ “Let the LORD, Source of the breath of all flesh, appoint someone over the community" Moshe ...
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What does the name Phinehas mean?

What does the name Pinchas mean? Is it Hebrew, is it Egyptian, is it a Nubian name? In the Hebrew how does it translate to Brass/Copper Mouth when the last letter in the name is a samech and not a ...
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Large Nun in Num 27:5

וַיַּקְרֵב מֹשֶׁה אֶת מִשְׁפָּטָן לִפְנֵי יְהוָה.‏ I've seen the ן letter in Number 27:5 (above) is written enlarged (Nun Rabati (Great)). Why is that?
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How the tribes' borders were determined?

IIRC, the Lot (גורל) was used to match the areas with the tribes (B"B 122b): אֶלְעָזָר הַכֹּהֵן הָיָה מְלֻבָּשׁ בְּאוּרִים וְתֻמִּים וְאוֹמֵר בְּרוּחַ הַקֹּדֶשׁ אִם שֵׁבֶט פְּלוֹנִי עוֹלֶה ...
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Understanding Rashi: sparing Moabites because of Ruth? [duplicate]

מאת המדינים. וְלֹא מֵאֵת הַמּוֹאָבִים, ... מִפְּנֵי שְׁנֵי פְרֵידוֹת טוֹבוֹת שֶׁיֵּשׁ לִי לְהוֹצִיא מֵהֶם — רוּת הַמּוֹאֲבִיָּה וְנַעֲמָה הָעַמּוֹנִית (Rashi Num 31,2) Why would G-d spare punishing ...
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Non-Jews reincarnating in Jews

I read in the name of (Ariz"l) some Kabbalistic books that Zimri Ben Salu was the reincarnation of Shechem ben Chamor that took Dina and the story of Bnot Moav is [allegorically] a repetition of the ...
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How can the Oruch LeNer claim that Pinchas came to enquire if he as a Kohen could do the act of zealotry?

Bamidbor 25 (7 & 8) records the act of zealotry performed by Pinchas. On possuk 7, Rashi says, AND PHINEAS SAW — He saw what was being done and he was thereby reminded of the law on this ...
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Father as an heir

In Parashat Pinchas we learn about the rules of inheritence. A son inherits first. This is implicit from the first statement of the Parsha. It says that if the deceased person didn't have a son, then ...
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Why does it say “of Puvah, the clan of the Punites“?

In Bamidbar (26:23): בְּנֵ֤י יִשָּׂשכָר֙ לְמִשְׁפְּחֹתָ֔ם תּוֹלָ֕ע מִשְׁפַּ֖חַת הַתּוֹלָעִ֑י לְפֻוָ֕ה מִשְׁפַּ֖חַת הַפּוּנִֽי׃ Descendants of Issachar by their clans: [Of] Tola, the clan of the ...
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Rashis unknown family

Rashi in parshas Pinchos (Bamidbar 26,13) with regards to a son of Shimon which was missing from the previous count in Parshas Bamidbar quotes the Yerushalmi which addresses this question: משפחת ...
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Tzelophechad's daughters and temeim of Pesach Sheini

The two instances of למה יגרע; the Temeim and Tzelophechad's daughters are written, in one sense, as if a new halachah of yerushah and Pesach Sheini was created for them based on their circumstances. ...
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Why are the numbers not written down in Ki Sisa?

According to the very first Rashi in Seder Bamidbar: מתוך חיבתן לפניו מונה אותם כל שעה כשיצאו ממצרים מנאן וכשנפלו בעגל מנאן לידע מנין הנותרים כשבא להשרות שכינתו עליהן מנאן. באחד בניסן הוקם המשכן ...
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Pinchas not jealous and not killing the 24,000?

Maybe I am missing something from the Pinchas story, it goes like this: Thousands of the Hebrews sin with the non-Jewish women. Pinchas does nothing. Moses orders to judge and kill them all. Pinchas ...
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Why does Hashem make Moshe go look at the Land?

B"H Why does H' make Moshe -- more than once, I think -- go up a mountain to look at the Land of Israel which he will never enter? This seems cruel. Moshe was the holiest and most self-sacrificing ...
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Claim of "are we worse?" connection

I noticed twice there was a group of people who came to Moshe and said: "are we any worse / למה נגרע?" Or: "why should it be worse / למה יגרע?". Those who were tamei and the daughters of Tzelophchad. ...
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Inconsistencies in Targum Onkelos for Bamidbor chapter 26. Explanation please

Rashi on Bamidbor 26(5) remarks on the way the names of the families are written (e.g. חֲנוֹךְ֙ מִשְׁפַּ֣חַת הַֽחֲנֹכִ֔י) as follows: … Therefore, the Holy One, blessed is he, appended His Name to ...
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Did The Rebbe R' Heshel of Krokow have a different version of the Chumash?

In the Sefer Chanukas Hatorah, [written by the Rebbe R' Heshel of Krocow], in Parshas Pinchas (Bamidbar 27:3) it says: בפסוק (במדבר כז:ג) - אבינו מת במדבר והוא לא היה בתוך העדה הנועדים על ה' בעדת ...
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How did the daughters of Zelophehad present themselves to Moshe, to Eleazar the priest, and before the princes and all the congregation?

How did the daughters of Zelophehad present themselves to Moshe (וַתִּקְרַבְנָה בְּנוֹת צְלָפְחָד), to Eleazar the priest, and before the princes and all the congregation in Bamidbar 27? What was the ...
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Rashi's misquoting in Parashat Pinchas?

Shalom everybody, We read lately Parashat Pinchas. The parsha deals with the story of B'not Tzelofchad (Barmidbar 27:1-11). Rashi on verse 27:3 quotes the Gemara Shabbat 96b in order to identify who ...
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Location of land for Gad, Reuven and 1/2 Menashe and randomness

In Bemidbar 26:55, G-d tells Moshe that the land should be apportioned by lottery. I.e., no tribe was to know or choose its section of land, in advance. Yet, we see that Moshe gives the tribes of ...
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Why did Yehoshua have to use the Urim Vetumim?

Bemidbar 27:21 says that prior to going to war, Yehoshu'a should stand before Elazar the Kohen and ask the Urim Vetumim questions, and go by its advice. I am aware that there is a rule that no other ...
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Explanation of Gemara on why the Jews were only commanded to attack Midian and not Moav

In Bamidbar 25:16-18, Hashem commands Moshe to take revenge on Midian for having caused the Jews to sin at Shittim, discussed at the beginning of the chapter. Yet v. 1 seems to indicate that the Jews ...
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Explanation of Kli Yakar on why the Jews were only commanded to attack Midian and not Moav

In Bamidbar 25:16-18, Hashem commands Moshe to take revenge on Midian for having caused the Jews to sin at Shittim, discussed at the beginning of the chapter. Yet v. 1 seems to indicate that the Jews ...
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format in the Torah of the sukkot korbanot at the end of pinchas

At the end of parshat Pinchas, the korbanot for sukkot are mentioned, and since there is a slight difference between each day, they are repeated eight times. My issue is that if you look at the way it ...
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Why is something about Korach's children placed among the descendants of Re'uven? [duplicate]

Bemidbar 26:11 says, "Korach's children didn't die". I understand that in the previous verses, the Torah was discussing the families of Re'uven. When discussing the descendants, the Torah mentions ...
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Why is it our responsibility to bring a Chatas for the Moon's sin?

In Parshas Pinchos (Bamidbor 28:15), in the obligation to bring a Korban Chatas (sin offering) on Rosh Chodesh, Rashi brings two explanations: 1) It is to atone for "טומאת מקדש וקדשיו" (defiling ...
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Why was it necessary for Hashem to append his name to the Levi'im?

Rashi to Bamidbor 26 (5) commenting on the words מִשְׁפַּחַת הַחֲנֹכִי says: the family of the Hanochites: Heb. מִשְׁפַּחַת הַחֲנֹכִי. Since the nations were denigrating them and saying, “How can ...
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Is Tzelafchad mentioned in Bamidbar 27:1 the same man in Bamidbar 15:32?

In Bamidbar 27:1 we read of the daughters of Tzelofchad, who requested an inheritance. I heard an oral teaching that this was the same person (Tzelofchad) as mentioned in Bamidbar 15:32, who was ...
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Why didn't Nemu'el join his brothers in the group with Korach?

Bemidbar 26:9 says (My rough translation / synopsis): "Eliav's children are Nemu'el Datan and Aviram. These are the same Datan and Aviram who argued against Moshe and Aharon together with Korach's ...
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Four countings of Klal Yisrael - HaShem doesn't want us to decrease

The Ohr HaChaim at the beginning of Bamidbar asks why HaShem waited a month before counting Klal Yisrael, and how Klal Yisrael could have gained 3,550 from Mitzraim (600,000) to the Eigel (603,550) in ...
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Hakeves echad and not hakeves haechad?

On Rosh Chodesh we read in Bamidbar 28:4"et hakeves echad..." Shouldn't the grammar dictate there be a definite article on adjectives that modify definite nouns? Later in the pasuk it says "hakeves ...
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The afflicted, poor and humble a reference to the command to afflict oneself on Yom Kippur

How do we know that 'v'initem' (Leviticus 16:31) includes fasting in the context of Yom Kippur? How does this usage relate to usage of the word, or related words, in other contexts? Some food for ...
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Why repeat the formula for how much flour?

In the course of Parshat Pinchas (the relevant section is Bamidbar 28-29), where the sacrifices for each day are discussed, it frequently says that for a bull, the mincha is 3 tenths of an ephah, for ...
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Understanding text variations

This past week I found a rather interesting difference in the Stone/Hertz chumash Hebrew texts. The reference is Numbers 25:12. The word shalom is translated with a broken Vav in Hertz. Stone uses ...
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How could Zimri be Shelumiel?

After mulling over this question for a bit, I realized that there's a big problem with that Gemara quoted there. Shelumiel is listed back in Bamidbar 1, before the sin of the Meraglim. By the time the ...
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How do we know that Zimri was the same person as Shlumiel ben Tzurishaddai?

Sanhedrin 82b says that Zimri is the same person as Shlumiel ben Tzurishaddai, and that Zimri is simply a derogatory nickname. But in the passuk that identifies him, he is described as "נשיא בית אב ...
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Why is the survival of the sons of Korach not mentioned in Parshat Korach?

In Parshat Korach we read about the deaths of Korach and Datan and Aviram, and that the families of Datan and Aviram descended with them as the earth swallowed them up. In Parshat Pinchas, when it is ...
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An exception to the rule of inheritance

I have heard strong concurrence among Jews that Jewish inheritance is passed only through the father to their sons, more specifically that the throne could only be passed through sons. In my ...
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Why is a female heiress allowed to marry out of the tribe?

In Bamidbar 27:7, Rashi says that the commandment in Bamidbar 36:7 (That daughters who inherit from their father must marry in that tribe) was only for the Generation that entered the land. The ...
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Please explain anomalies in phrasing of Succot sacrifices (B'midbar 29:17-39) - Part 3

The description of the Mincha and libations and the majority of wording (and trope) fof the Succot sacrifices described in B'midbar 29:12-29 are identical except for the following change occurring at ...
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Why the use of the plural form in describing the mincha for the 7th day of Succot?

In the description of the Succot sacrifices in B'midbar 29:12-39, when describing the mincha for days 2-6 the phrasing is in singular at the end of the verse as in: וּמִנְחָתָ֣ם וְנִסְכֵּיהֶ֡ם ...
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Please explain anomalies in phrasing of Succot sacrifices (B'midbar 29:12-39)

The description of the Mincha and libations and the majority of wording (and trope) fof the Succot sacrifices described in B'midbar 29:12-29 are identical except for the following changes: 1st day (of ...
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Were Zimri and Cozbi inside or outside?

Bamidbar 25:6 says: וְהִנֵּה אִישׁ מִבְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל בָּא, וַיַּקְרֵב אֶל-אֶחָיו אֶת-הַמִּדְיָנִית, לְעֵינֵי מֹשֶׁה, וּלְעֵינֵי כָּל-עֲדַת בְּנֵי-יִשְׂרָאֵל; וְהֵמָּה בֹכִים, פֶּתַח אֹהֶל מוֹעֵד.‏ ...