Parashat Pinchas / Revealing the Torah’s secrets
Although we know that Zelophehad was not one of the conspirators led by Korah, we do not know what the sin was for which he was subjected to capital punishment; the Torah hides that fact from the reader.
In this week’s Torah reading (Pinchas: Numbers 25:10-30:1), the daughters of Zelophehad speak to Moses and tell him about their father: “Our father died in the wilderness, and he was not among the company of them that gathered themselves together against the Lord in the company of Korah, but he died in his own sin; and he had no sons” (Numbers 27:3). They present their claim...
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