Posted by: mosesfromsinai | July 9, 2017

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.

In the Torah Reading we find that the children of Israel are again counted. In the counting it does mention that Dasan and Avirum, the 2 that gave Moshe a hard time in life and participated in the rebellion led by Korach, died by having the earth opening up and swallowing them along with Korach. It then goes on to mention right away that the sons of Korach, however, did not die. Though they also were part of the revolt at the beginning, they opted out and repented.

This is an amazing piece of information. It is said in a brief form but carries a strong lesson for us. In life there may be things that we at first start off with that may be very negative. We at first join in and participate. The Torah teaches us that we can correct that horrible situation through repenting and no longer being involved. This we need to keep in our minds as we go through life.

Very often people get pulled into improper things and once in, believe there is no way out. Not true. There is a way out but the person needs to take that first step. Once having done that, he will be forgiven and can lead a beautiful life. This also leads to the ultimate redemption by correcting those mistakes that need correction. May we succeed in our endeavors and shortly experience the redemption and building of the 3rd Holy Temple.

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