This week’s parshah, Massei, ends with the daughters of Tzelafchad keeping the word of G‑d, marrying into their father’s tribe, Menasheh.

The Torah here mentions them by name for the third time, an honor bestowed on very few. The fact that G‑d chooses to close the book of Bamidbar (Numbers) with them indicates something fundamentally significant about them.

Machlah, Tirtzah, Chaglah, Milkah and Noah.

What are we to learn from these great women? How does it highlight the central theme of the book of Bamidbar?

The first thing to know about the daughters of Tzelafchad is that they were selfless. In the case they brought before the Moses, they did not ask for any personal gain; they requested that the Torah law be fulfilled, and that their father have a portion of the Holy Land.

They were holy, righteous, learned and wise; they were patient and waited until the 40th year in the desert to make their case. They never took their eyes off the goal: to get their father what was rightfully his.

The book of Bamidbar is all about making our way to the Holy Land. For us, this means not simply living in Israel, but living there according to Torah, which will happen with the coming of Moshiach.

How do we accomplish this? First, by being learned and having the wisdom to understand our purpose. To be patient and take the necessary steps to bring it about. Keeping our focus on our purpose, and finally, to stand before G‑d—now in the last moments of this exile—and demand that justice be served, that He send Moshiach. Not for our personal gain, but because it is what He wants and what the Jewish people have rightfully earned.

Being proud of the daughters of Tzelafchad; G‑d lists them three times. If we act like them, He will surely be proud and send Moshiach. The time has come.