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Parshat Pinchas: A Leader for Each and Every Spirit

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02.07.2021

“Moses spoke to the Lord, saying, ‘Let the Lord, the Source of spirit for all humanity, appoint someone over the community’” (Bamidbar 27, 15-16).

We have reached the beginning of the end of Moshe’s life. True, we have not yet even finished the Book of Bamidbar, but the text reiterates two points in our parsha. First, that under no circumstances will Moshe enter the land of Israel, and second that Moshe will die the death of his brother Aharon, a death without suffering or pain, known as the kiss of death.

When Moshe realizes that his role as leader will soon be coming to an end, he makes a simple request from God: appoint a new leader in my place; if he will not lead them in, then someone else who is fitting should fill the position and bring them to the promised land. But the way that Moshe makes this request is strange and verbose, and requires a deeper look.

‘Let the Lord, the Source of spirit for all humanity, appoint someone over the community who shall go out before them and come in before them, and who shall take them out and bring them in, so that the Lord’s community may not be like sheep that have no shepherd” (Bamidbar 27, 16-16).

Here, Moshe uses a unique name for God, one we have not heard before: the Source of spirit for all humanity. Why does he invoke God with this unique formulation?

Also, why does Moshe use such verbose language, that the leader should go out before them, that he should come before them, that he will take them out and bring them in. What is he alluding to with these seemingly repetitive and vague descriptions?

We can see in........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)


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