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Parshas Pinchas

Zechus Refuah Sheleima: Tzvi ben Devorah -( B"H Tzvi is almost completely better though we were told to keep him on the list for tefilos)

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Parsha Overview (Feel free to skip straight to the Party below - simply click the arrow next to this text and the overview will disappear


Pinchas is Rewarded for standing up for Hashem’s Kavod

The last Parsha ends with Pinchas the son of Elazar, killing Zimri, the Nasi of Shevet Shimon, for his immoral behavior. Pinchas stood up for the honor of Hashem. Hashem had been extremely upset at the inappropriate behavior of the Jewish people with the Midyanim. And when Pinchas stood up and brought an end to the chillul Hashem, Hashem’s anger was appeased.

To reward Pinchas, Hashem makes a Bris – a treaty of peace, that Pinchas will now officially become a Kohen too. (Rashi: When Aharon and his sons were anointed as Kohanim for themselves and future generations, Pinchas who was already born had not been anointed. It is here that he joined the status of Kohen with his family.) Pinchas had killed both Zimri and the Midyan Princess named Kazbi.

The Midyanim need to be punished

Hashem commands Moshe that they need to fight the Midyanim because they sent their people to entice and make it hard for the Jewish people and cause them to sin.

Count the Nation again before going to Eretz Yisrael

Hashem tells Moshe and Elazar to do another counting of the nation from males age 20 and up.

The Pesukim begin to name all the families descended from the Shevatim.

Dasan and Aviram’s downfall is mentioned

While mentioning the families of Reuven, the Pesukim stop to mention Dasan and Aviram from Shevet Reuven, they were the sons of Eliav and caused trouble for Moshe together with 250 men from Reuven and Korach’s rebellion. The earth swallowed Dasan and Aviram together with Korach and a fire destroyed the 250 men and they became a sign and a reminder that nobody but the Kohanim do the jobs of the kahuna.

Korach’s sons did Teshuva

The Pasuk then says that the sons of Korach did not die. They did teshuva.

The counting is continued

The rest of the Shevatim’s families are named and counted. When it gets up to the family of Asher it names Serach bas Asher. She was included here because she was still alive (Rashi).

The total counting of the nation was 601,730.

Divide up the land into portions for each Shevet

Moshe is commanded to divide the land of Eretz Yisrael into portions for each Shevet to be inherited by these people counted age 20 and up. A smaller Shevet gets a smaller size portion, and a larger Shevet gets a larger size portion.

How will it be divided up? Through a Goral – lottery system that worked through Ruach Hakodesh.

Shevet Levi is counted separately

Next Shevet Levi is counted separately. They were not included in the counting before this because they do not inherit a portion of the land. They were 23,000 from age 1 month and up.

Everyone from the Dor Hamidbar is gone – except Kalev and Yehoshua

The counting of the nation that was done now had not one man left over from the original counting in the beginning of the Midbar (except Kalev and Yehoshua) because the generation all died in the Midbar. (Rashi: However, there were some women that were still alive because they did not sin by Chet Hameraglim and were excited to enter the land.)

The daughters of Tzelafchad want a portion of land

As the land is being divided by families in each Shevet, there were five daughters of Tzelafchad from Shevet Menashe that approached Moshe. Their names were Machla, Noa, Chagla, Milka, and Tirtza. They told Moshe “Our father died because of his sin in the Midbar and did not leave any sons. Therefore, our family will not get a portion!” Moshe heard their case and asked Hashem what to do.

Hashem responds that the daughters should receive their father’s portion.

The halacha of inheritance when there are no sons

The halacha is presented that if someone dies without a son, their daughter inherits their portion. If the person has no daughters, then it goes to his brothers. If he has not brothers then it goes to his father’s brothers. If his father has no brothers then it goes to the closest relative.

Moshe gets to see Eretz Yisrael’s view from the Mountain but will not merit to go into the land

Hashem tells Moshe to go up on Har Avarim to see the land of Eretz Yisrael from there as he will not be going into the land but will die beforehand just as his brother Aharon did. He will not go into the land because of his sin in Midbar Tzin when the nation was fighting and Moshe hit the rock instead of bringing Kiddush Hashem with water.

Yehoshua is appointed as the next leader

When Moshe heard that he will die, he asks Hashem to appoint a leader over the people to lead them in the land. Hashem responds that Moshe should take his student Yehoshua Ben Nun and lean his hands on him in front of Elazar HaKohen and all the people. He should give from his “Hod” – radiance/greatness onto him. He will stand before Elazar and ask the Urim Vetumim for guidance on going to war.

The Laws of Karbanos

Hashem commands Moshe to tell the Jewish People that they must bring the different types of Karbanos. This includes the daily Karban Tamid and the Mussaf Karbanos brought on Shabbos, Rosh Chodesh, each day of Pesach, Shavuos, Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, each day of Sukkos, and Shemini Atzeres. (Today we don’t have karbanos but we daven Mussaf in its place). Through bringing these Karbanos Hashem remembers our zechusim.

(Adapted partially from, and The Pesukim and Rashi and Medrash Says)

And now for the fun part



  • Fruit Rollups

  • Gushers

  • Twozies

  • Candy Cane /Fiz Cane

  • Fruity Peak

  • Choco NO-Nos

  • Cotton Candy

  • Puzzle Time candy

  • Candy Watches

  • Air Heads

  • Lip Candies

  • Aqua Chews

  • Oodles

  • Dazzlers

  • Mentoes

  • Money Rolls or chocolate coins

  • Shockpops

  • Marshmallows

  • Animal Cookies

  • Rock Candy


Fruit Rollups – Rolled up like a map – Moshe needs to divide up the map of Eretz Yisrael into Nachalas for each Shevet

Gushers – Pinchas is rewarded for killing Zimri the Nasi of Shevet Shimon and Kazbi The Midyan Princess. Also for the Karbanos at the end of the Parsha.

Twozies - The two trouble makers, Dasan and Aviram, are mentioned in the counting of Shevet Reuven for rebelling against Moshe

Candy Cane /Fiz Cane – Serach bas Asher is mentioned in the counting of Asher as the only woman mentioned because she was still alive then while the men had all passed in. Also all the men in the Dor Hamidbar got old and died.

Fruity Peak – Moshe is told to go up to the top of Har Aravim to lookout and see Eretz Yisrael since he will not be able to enter the land

Choco NO-Nos – Moshe is told No – you will not go into the land because you hit the rock

Cotton Candy – the sheep that were brought as Karbanos

Puzzle Time candy – Moshe is told to divide the land up and give out the nachalos to each shevet. The land was chosen by a Goral – lottery

Candy Watches – The different times throughout the year that Karbanos are brought such as The daily Karban, the Mussaf Karbanos on Shabbos and Yom Tov and Rosh Chodesh

Air Heads - The people of Midyan acted like air heads and sent out their girls to try to get the Jewish people to serve Baal Peor and Hashem said they need to be punished

Lip Candies – The mouth of the earth swallowing Korach and Dasan and Aviram comes up in the mention of Shevet Reuven

Aqua Chews – Moshe did not get to go into Eretz Yisrael because he should have made a kiddush Hashem with the rock bringing forth water (aqua) and instead he hit the rock

Oodles – The yidden were counted and were a great number of people. (Oodles means a great number or amount)

Dazzlers - Moshe was told to put his hands on Yehoshua to become the leader and to give over some of his “Hod” which is like a shine or dazzle

Mentoes – The men were counted from 20 and up and it was the men that got the portions of the land. But the daughters of Tzelafchad did not have a man to inherit for them because their father died and they did not have brothers. So they went to Moshe to ask for their inheritance

Money Rolls or chocolate coins – The nation was counted again

Shockpops – The nation was shocked that Pinchas had killed Zimri and were upset at him but Hashem was happy with him that he calmed His anger and made a treaty with him to become a Kohen with the rest of the family

Marshmallows – representing the sheep used for Karbanos

Animal Cookies – The Karbanos that need to be brought daily and during all the special Mussaf times of the year

Rock Candy – Moshe was punished for hitting the rock and could not go into Eretz Yisrael

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