Pinchas: A Man of Peace (Unedited Thread, 7/29/19)
1) Okay, let's study Torah!
2) This weekend we've talked a lot about Parshas Pinchas, I feel like - the main point was essentially that he was a man of peace, but sometimes being a man of peace means making war.
3) The thing about Pinchas "the zealot" is that when he killed Zimri and Cozbi
(the head of the tribe of Shomon + the Midianite princess committing the height of immoral behavior together in public)
he was killing people who had insinuated themselves into the Jewish fabric.
4) In other words, these bad people already won the favor of the Jews, and by standing up for what was right, Pinchas looked to them like "the bad guy."
5) Incredibly, this is the situation in which we now find ourselves. By standing up for what is right, the President is called a bad guy, all the time. (It's literally boring/funny already except it's really, really disturbing.)
6) I find life to be so crazy. Today we went to the religious part of town and I made a point of taking the family to the kosher cafe where we normally don't go, because we always feel a bit outside the community.
7) Now that I have come out and said, there is an element of the religious community which must be held to account - I feel so very cleansed, and able to see with such clarity that it is only a small percentage which has great sway over the many.
& their influence is declining.
8) So I sat there, in the kosher cafe, looking at the paintings of the rabbis and the yeshiva boys and the Western Wall, and someone asked me: "How would you increase Orthodox Jewish outreach to the non-religious?"
You know my answer: CONVICT THE PEDOS.
9) "But that sounds so extreme, Jews aren't like that" - NO NOT REALLY - SOME JEWS ARE!
10) I gave the example of a house. You invite someone to your house for Sunday dinner. You worry about what to serve them, for food.
They need to know that that it won't come tumbling down on their heads!
Having pedos running around IS THAT!
11) I know that the dam is breaking, the denial is breaking, about a lot of things.
When it comes to the pedo perverts, I think ultra-Orthodox Jews have put 2 and 2 together to realize, why are so many kids drug-addicted, kicked out of the house, unreligious?
12) When it comes to @POTUS, Jews are starting to see that it's not just about protecting Israel, there is something very crazy and scary and downright treasonous about the Democratic Party now - and they don't want anything to do with it.
13) Really, @POTUS is brilliant, because he brought up the subject of Baltimore. Do you know how many religious Jewish people live in Baltimore? Do you know that every single one has a story about living through the hellhole that place is?
14) One other interesting thing. Tonight we were watching a Bruce Willis movie from 2018 called "Acts of Violence" which basically showed that only the Veteran was able to fight human trafficking, because in his "zealotry" he saw the situation accurately.
15) The thing about this Torah portion is, there are really so many points one could cover - let me just get a couple in there that really stand out.
16) There is the discussion of the daughters of "Zelophechad" ("Zelofchad") who stand up to demand of Moses their inheritance in the land of Israel - they have no brothers.
God tells Moses that the women are right.
The passage emphasizes that law is about justice for all.
17) God tells Moses that he cannot enter the land of Israel and must designate a successor. Not his own son, but the man who rightfully deserves it - Joshua, who stood by his side steadfastly and proved himself a righteous warrior.
18) We learn that anarchy is not good - Moses pleads: "let the assembly of HaShem (God) not be like sheep that have no shepherd." (Num. 27:17)
19) The supplemental reading for this portion is 1 Kings 18:46-19:21. Here we see the prophet Elijah threatened by the wicked Jezebel. (Some say that Elijah was really Pinchas - that he lived an extraordinarily long life - some say the two were similar in spirit)
20) Jezebel was all about turning the Jews to idolatry - Elijah was all about stopping her.
21) In the beginning of this reading, Elijah runs away from Jezebel because of her threats.
But God has a job for him.
22) Elijah is despondent not because of the evil Jezebel, but because the Jews have no faith left.
23) 1 Kings 19:9-10 "And behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and he said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
24) "He said, 'I have been very jealous for the Lord, the God of hosts. For the people of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword, and I, even I only, am left, and they seek my life, to take it away."
25) And then something happens - a tremendous storm.
26) 1 Kings 19:11
"And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind.
And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake."
27) 1 Kings 19:12
"And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire."
"And after the fire the sound of a low whisper."
28) 1 Kings 19:13
"And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave."
"And behold, there came a voice to him and said, 'What are you doing here, Elijah?'"
29) The first voice was the voice of an angel; the second is the voice of God Himself.
"What are you doing here, Elijah?"
God knows already.
He wants you to say it.
30) Elijah repeats exactly what he said previously.
31) 1 Kings 19:14
“I have been very jealous for the Lord, the God of hosts. For the people of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword, and I, even I only, am left, and they seek my life, to take it away.”
32) Basically, Elijah doesn't really know the answer to God's question...he has absolutely zero idea what he is doing there, only what got him there.
Isn't that how it is with most of us?
33) The mission God then gives Elijah is explicitly "zealous and jealous" -
he's going to anoint the king of Syria, the king of Israel, and the prophet of Israel.
And whoever Syria doesn't slaughter, the king of Israel will slaughter; whoever is left, the prophet will.
34) To eliminate the plague of idol worship THAT HAS INFESTED THE JEWS FROM THE CORE.
God says:"Yet I will leave seven thousand in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.” - 1 Kings 19:18
35) Not to get political, but just imagine what the corrupt politicians would say if they heard this - well what they already are saying:
"That's racist" "Capital punishment is bad" "Child ritual sacrifice is culturally significant" "They are Baal-attracted people"
36) The supplemental reading ends as Elijah finds Elisha. The main thing to note here is that Elisha is not sitting over a book....he is out actually caring for the animals - and he feeds the people before anything.
This is what makes him qualified to prophesy for God.
By Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal. Opinions are the author’s own. Public domain.