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Are you jealous?

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Hope 4 Israel, Featured Blog by Moran Rosenblit, July 20, 2019


My dear brothers and sisters, I know I’ve said it before, but I am saying it again: please take time to read the Word of God! Even if you’ve read it many times before! His Word is living and breathing; He can reveal new things to you in every period of your life. I can share from personal experience that since I started writing this blog on the parasha (the weekly Scripture portion), which is read in synagogues throughout the world, I am constantly amazed by new insights the LORD gives me, even though I’ve read these portions many times before.

As I was reading this week’s portion about Pinchas (“Phinehas” in English), I wondered how we would respond to his actions in this day and age:

Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Phinehas the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, has turned away My wrath from the sons of Israel, in that he was jealous with My jealousy among them, so that I did not destroy the sons of Israel in My jealousy. Therefore say, ‘Behold, I give him My covenant of peace; and it shall be for him and his descendants after him, a covenant of a perpetual priesthood, because he was jealous for his God, and made atonement for the sons of Israel.”

Numbers 25:10–13

In order for us to fully understand the story here, we need to revisit the end of our reading from last week:

While Israel remained at Shittim, the people began to play the harlot with the daughters of Moab. For they invited the people to the sacrifices of their gods, and the people ate and bowed down to their gods. So Israel joined themselves to Baal of Peor, and the LORD was angry against Israel. And the LORD said to Moses, “Take all the leaders of the people and execute them in broad daylight before the LORD, so that the fierce anger of the LORD may turn away from Israel.” So Moses said to the judges of Israel, “Each of you slay his men who have joined themselves to Baal of Peor.”

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