Parashat Pinchas / When the Dead Inherit From the Living

The Promised Land was divided up according to two principles. The first was based on the number of Israelites who left Egypt in the Exodus. The second is based on the number of Israelites about to enter the land.

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In this week’s Torah portion, Parashat Pinchas (Numbers 25:10-30:1), Moses and Aaron conduct a census of the Children of Israel: “[Take the sum of the people,] from twenty years old and upward, as the Lord...