4 They appeared before the Kohen Elazar, Yehoshua son of Nun, and the chieftains, saying: “Hashem commanded Moshe to grant us a portion among our male kinsmen.” So, in accordance with Hashem‘s instructions, they were granted a portion among their father’s kinsmen.
va-tik-RAV-nah lif-NAY el-a-ZAR ha-ko-HAYN v’-lif-NAY y’-ho-SHU-a bin NUN v’-lif-NAY ha-n’-see-EEM lay-MOR a-do-NAI tzi-VAH et mo-SHEH la-tet LA-nu na-kha-LAH b’-TOKH a-KHAY-nu va-yi-TAYN la-HEM el PEE a-do-NAI na-kha-LAH b’-TOKH a-KHAY a-vee-HEN
During the division of the land, the daughters of Tzelofchad remind Yehoshua and Elazar the priest that since their father had no sons to inherit his portion of the Land of Israel, God had told Moshe that they, his daughters, were to receive his inheritance (Numbers 22:2-7). Tzelofchad’s daughters are exemplars of women in every generation who have had a special love for Eretz Yisrael. Two prominent twentieth-century women to epitomize the same characteristics of love and dedication to the Holy Land were Golda Meir and Sarah Herzog. Meir was Israel’s first female Prime Minister, and Herzog, who was the wife of former Chief Rabbi Yitzchak Herzog, helped found the leading hospital for geriatrics and psychiatry in the Middle East, as well as the Jewish women’s organization Emunah, one of the largest social service providers in Israel. Their great impact on Israeli society is still evident today, decades after their passing.