23 Tammuz 5778
6th July 2018
In the last parshah we read how Pinchas stopped a fierce plague that had killed many Jews. G-d rewarded him with a special covenant of peace.
After the plague, G‑d told Mosesto to count all of the men between the ages of 20 and 60. These are the men who would receive a part of the Holy Land. The total count was 601,730. G‑d also told Moses how the land would be divided between the twelve tribes. The tribe of Levi was counted separately; it would not receive a part of the Holy Land as the Levites would serve G‑d in the Holy Temple, the Bet Hamikdash. The tribe of Levi included 23,000 men.
A man called Tzelophchad of the tribe of Menashe had passed away. He had five daughters - Machlah, Noah, Chaglah, Milkah and Tirtzah – but no sons. According to the law at that time their family would not be entitled to receive a part of the land of Israel. So Tzelophchad’s daughters asked Moses to give them their father's portion of the land. Moses asked G‑d what to do and G‑d said that the daughters of Tzelophchad were right, that they should get part of the land. G‑d then added a law to the Torah's laws of inheritance that if a man passes away without having had any sons, the inheritance should be given to his daughters.
Moses was now a very old man. G‑d told Moses to go up on Mount Avarim, from where he could see the entire Holy Land before passing away. Afterwards, Moses put his hand on Joshuabin Nun in front of the Jewish people, showing that he would be the next leader.
This week's parshah ends with a list of the daily offerings as well as the extra offerings which were brought on Shabbat, Rosh Chodesh, Pesach, Shavuot, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Shemini Atzeret.
YR – Leadership
Y1 – Leadership
Y2 – Bravery has its rewards
Y3 – sharing fairly
Y4 – Leadership
Y5 – Festivals
Y6 – Fair sharing; laws of inheritance
Parsha summary adapted from Chabad.org
The weekly mitzvot are adapted from the JCP Primary Parashat Hashavua Curriculum, and form the basis of the school's PSHE curriculum for all pupils.