Weekly Torah Portion: Pinchas (Numbers 25:10-30:1)


In torah portion Pinchas, God gives Pinhas a covenant of peace. God explains the apportionment of the Land of Israel. The daughters of Zelophehad petition to inherit their father’s portion. Moses appoints Joshua as his successor. Read an extensive summary on My Jewish Learning

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Torah Verse of the Week*

[God said] ‘The daughters of Zelophehad speak right: thou shalt surely give them a possession of an inheritance among their father’s brethren; and thou shalt cause the inheritance of their father to pass unto them.’ (Parashat Pinchas; Numbers 27:7)

Other Suggested Readings

“Bless all those who came before us or stand with us today — stepping up to the entrance of the tent of meeting or to court houses to plead their cases, marching through the streets of our cities, and walking down the aisle to the chupah.” – Rabbi Lisa on the week of DOMA Strike, Parashat Pinchas. Read the full article

Zelophehad’s daughters challenge Moses and the Israelite leadership on unjust inheritance laws in Pinchas. Amazingly, God sides with the daughters’ case and for the first time Torah is re-written. Read from our Telephone Torah Study archives

*Torah Verse of the Week is chosen by the Torah class during Tuesdays’ studies with Rabbi Lisa Edwards. Check out when our next Torah Study takes place


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