Posted by: mosesfromsinai | June 23, 2013

Pinchas – Pinchas

This week’s Torah Reading is called Pinchas. The 17th of Tamuz, the beginning of the 3 sad weeks leading up to the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem on the 9th of Av, occurs this week as well.

Pinchas by his aggressive action was a life saver for the Jewish Nation. They had witnessed a terrible event by the leader of the tribe of Shimon and stood passively by. A direct descendant of Aaron, who made peace between people and certainly did not show any violent nature, took the correct action and killed Zimree and the woman he was publicly with. By this action of Pinchas he removed the anger from the Al-mighty that was set to punish the Jewish Nation. Lives were saved.

Pinchas is also traditionally known to be Eliyahu Hanavi, Elijah the Prophet who also escaped death. It is Eliyahu Hanavi that we say will announce our future redemption and salvation. Pinchas is also rewarded by becoming a Cohen. He was already born before the time frame when the sons of Aaron were installed and their future children that would be born would become Cohaneem. As a direct result of his holy action he is given the holy title.

Perhaps in the actions of Pinchas we can learn what we should be doing to change these 3 sad weeks into weeks of joy. When it comes to protecting the sanctity of Torah we must be aggressive in nature, when called for. This shows the Al-mighty our true love for Torah and the Al-mighty’s holy presence. It is this type of action that can lead to the future revelation once again of Eliyahu Hanavi and the coming of Moshiach culminated by the building of the 3rd Temple and the presence of the Al-mighty in our midst.

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