Parshas Pinchas

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When Tzelafchad’s daughters told Moshe that their father was not part of Korach’s rebellion (27:3), which was a personal attack against Moshe, how could Moshe possibly judge their case impartially, knowing that Tzelafchad had been one of his own supporters? For this reason, Moshe was forced to bring their case directly “before God” (v. 5), to obtain an unbiased verdict.

This teaches us a powerful lesson about the human susceptibility to bias. Moshe was God’s faithful servant whom He deemed worthy to transmit the Torah to all future generations. The only “vested interest” Moshe could have here was that the person involved did not participate in a rebellion that occurred 39 years previously. Nevertheless, this was considered sufficient grounds for Moshe not to desire to judge the case himself due to a person’s natural tendency to bias!

Here we see, once again, the importance of always involving a third party when making personal decisions, so as to negate the influence of personal bias.

(Based on Sicha of 3rd Night Of Succos 5747)

Some time ago Kol Menachem launched an online classroom for Jews on the go – ‘Torah in Ten’. The series provides weekly insightful conversations on the current Torah portion. The class includes interesting commentaries from renowned historical figures as well as modern views in addition to thought provoking and inspiring questions.

Announcing his new idea Rabbi Miller wrote: “In this go, go, go world we live in, it can be difficult to sit down and find time to study the weekly parsha. And when shabbos rolls around, we all wish we had studied more and could contribute to the conversation at the shabbos table. Not to mention our children, don’t we all wish we could provide them beautiful insights into the weekly parsha?”.

‘Torah in Ten’ is now available not only from a computer.  Asked by Jewish iPhone Community and many more iPhone users Kol Menachem kindly agreed to change the format of presentation so that weekly portion of  ‘Torah in Ten’ was available to be watched on iPhone’s/iPad’s screens.  Nu, now then, what kind of excuse will you come up with?

Torah in Ten will take place every Tuesday,  for ten minutes.  Let’s sum up with Rebbe’s words: “Our task is solely to illuminate the world with the light of  Torah,  Judaism and Chassidus”.

Your weekly “Torah In Ten” videocast by Rabbi Chaim Miller – Parshas Pinchas


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