Pinchas begins by completing the episode which began in Balak: Pinchas had ended the plague that was devastating the Israelites while they were seduced into idolatry by the Moabite and Midianite women. Pinchas’ reward for his zealotry was a “covenant of peace” (Num. 25:12) and “lasting priesthood” (Num. 25:13).

The parsha then moves on to the second census in the book, this time of the new generation that would enter the land. There then follow two narratives, one about the daughters of Tzelofehad and God’s positive reply to their request for a share in the land, the second about Moses’ request that God appoint a successor. The parsha ends with two chapters about the sacrifices to be brought at different times, daily, weekly, monthly, and on festivals.

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