Pinchas’ act of zealotry in Numbers chapter 25 earns him the priesthood. But it also casts new light on a prior scene involving his tribe of Levi and the tribe of Shimon back in Genesis chapter 34. Tune in for details….
Long before Voldemort and Saruman uttered their first fictional curses, the Jewish people faced off against the real-life sorcerer, Balaam. Balaam’s plan to curse the Jews failed when G-d turned his curses into blessings. But do coerced blessings ever take effect?
The Jews are bitten by snakes after complaining again in the desert. At G-d’s instruction, Moses builds a copper snake so that the Jews can look at it and be healed. What message was G- d trying to send to them – and to us – and how can that message help keep us healthy?
Aaron was upset that he and his tribe did not get to donate offerings for the inauguration of the Altar. G-d cheered him up by reassuring him hat he would get to light the Menorah. Was Aaron jealous? And if not, what was going on?
Chapter 26 of Leviticus describes the magnificent rewards that await us if we study and observe the Torah (and the terrible punishments if we don’t). But why are the rewards mostly physical rather than spiritual?