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Parshah Pinchas

Parshah Pinchas

Numbers 25:10-30:1

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Torah Portion: Pinchas
From our Sages on the Parshah

A king saw an orphan maiden and wished to marry her. But she said: "I am not worthy to marry a king." He proposed to her seven times, but each time she refused. After many entreaties, he married her. After a time, the king became angry at her and wished to divorce her. Said she to him: "I did not ask to marry you -- it was you who pleaded with me. Now you have decreed to divorce me and marry another. Just don't do to her what you did to me."

In the same way, G-d appeared to Moses in the burning bush and said to him: "I will send you to Pharaoh." For seven days G-d entreated Moses and Moses declined, saying, "I am not a man of words." In the end, He convinced him. Then, after all the miracles were done through Moses, G-d said to him: "You shall not bring this congregation into the Land." Said Moses: "Master of the Universe! I did not ask to go. Now that You decreed that not I, but another, should lead them into the Land, do not do to him what you did to me..."

(Yalkut Shimoni)

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