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In 1165, an agonizing question confronted Moroccan Jewry. A fanatical Muslim sect, the Almohads, had seized power and were embarked on a policy of forced conversion to Islam. The Jewish community was faced with a choice: to affirm Islamic faith or die.
Criticizing politicians, statesmen, and religious leaders is in vogue. In the prevailing courtroom of public opinion, people are judged guilty until proven innocent. At least that's what the cynics say…
If you’re not fully present in the preparatory stages, you won’t be fully present when you arrive
The division of land was so essential that G-d fully invested Himself in its process. It was a visual and auditory experience for the nation, one that perhaps left a life-long imprint...
Confronted with Phinehas' heroism, the people felt challenged: Why hadn't any of them stepped up as Phinehas had? Why hadn't they objected and acted with bravery?
At the very last moment, as the dramatic denouement drew to a close, they had a fleeting moment of remorse. And that was enough to deliver them from their fate.
On which choices will we focus? The “big” ones, over which we have no control, or the “small” ones, which are entirely in our hands?
What is the most effective method to ensure that our children follow the path we wish for them to follow? The daughters of Zelophehad lead us to a compelling answer.
Pinchas steps forward with a spear, apparently breaking the Jewish rules of careful trial, evidence and judgment... What contemporary lesson does his deed hold for us?
Pairs of lots—one from each box—were drawn. A Temple priest was there to prophesy each pick. To top it off, the lottery tickets themselves miraculously announced each pairing of a tribe with its portion of land.
I have serious reservations as to whether Dale Carnegie would use Pinchas as a role model for How to Win Friends and Influence People. And I'm definitely not suggesting that we root out all sinners by putting a spear through them. What, then, is the messa...
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