Numbers 25
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1  And Yisrael abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit harlotry with the daughters of Moab.

א  וַיֵּשֶׁב יִשְׂרָאֵל בַּשִּׁטִּים וַיָּחֶל הָעָם לִזְנוֹת אֶל בְּנוֹת מוֹאָב.

2  And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods; and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods.

ב  וַתִּקְרֶאןָ לָעָם לְזִבְחֵי אֱלֹהֵיהֶן וַיֹּאכַל הָעָם וַיִּשְׁתַּחֲווּ לֵאלֹהֵיהֶן.

3  And Yisrael joined himself unto the Baal of Peor; and the anger of Hashem was kindled against Yisrael.

ג  וַיִּצָּמֶד יִשְׂרָאֵל לְבַעַל פְּעוֹר וַיִּחַר אַף יְהוָה בְּיִשְׂרָאֵל.

4  And Hashem said unto Moshe: ‘Take all the chiefs of the people, and hang them up unto Hashem in face of the sun, that the fierce anger of Hashem may turn away from Yisrael.’

ד  וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה אֶל מֹשֶׁה קַח אֶת כָּל רָאשֵׁי הָעָם וְהוֹקַע אוֹתָם לַיהוָה נֶגֶד הַשָּׁמֶשׁ וְיָשֹׁב חֲרוֹן אַף יְהוָה מִיִּשְׂרָאֵל.

5  And Moshe said unto the judges of Yisrael: ‘Slay ye every one his men that have joined themselves unto the Baal of Peor.’

ה  וַיֹּאמֶר מֹשֶׁה אֶל שֹׁפְטֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל הִרְגוּ אִישׁ אֲנָשָׁיו הַנִּצְמָדִים לְבַעַל פְּעוֹר.

6  And, behold, one of B’nei Yisrael came and brought unto his brethren a Midianitish woman in the sight of Moshe, and in the sight of all the congregation of B’nei Yisrael, while they were weeping at the door of the Tent of Meeting.

ו  וְהִנֵּה אִישׁ מִבְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל בָּא וַיַּקְרֵב אֶל אֶחָיו אֶת הַמִּדְיָנִית לְעֵינֵי מֹשֶׁה וּלְעֵינֵי כָּל עֲדַת בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וְהֵמָּה בֹכִים פֶּתַח אֹהֶל מוֹעֵד.

7  And when Pinkhas, the son of Elazar, the son of Aharon the Kohen, saw it, he rose up from the midst of the congregation, and took a spear in his hand.

ז  וַיַּרְא פִּינְחָס בֶּן אֶלְעָזָר בֶּן אַהֲרֹן הַכֹּהֵן וַיָּקָם מִתּוֹךְ הָעֵדָה וַיִּקַּח רֹמַח בְּיָדוֹ.

8  And he went after the man of Yisrael into the chamber, and thrust both of them through, the man of Yisrael, and the woman through her belly. So the plague was stayed from B’nei Yisrael.

ח  וַיָּבֹא אַחַר אִישׁ יִשְׂרָאֵל אֶל הַקֻּבָּה וַיִּדְקֹר אֶת שְׁנֵיהֶם אֵת אִישׁ יִשְׂרָאֵל וְאֶת הָאִשָּׁה אֶל קֳבָתָהּ וַתֵּעָצַר הַמַּגֵּפָה מֵעַל בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל.

9  And those that died by the plague were twenty and four thousand.

ט  וַיִּהְיוּ הַמֵּתִים בַּמַּגֵּפָה אַרְבָּעָה וְעֶשְׂרִים אָלֶף.

10  And Hashem spoke unto Moshe, saying:

י  וַיְדַבֵּר יְהוָה אֶל מֹשֶׁה לֵּאמֹר.

11  ‘Pinkhas, the son of Elazar, the son of Aharon the Kohen, hath turned My wrath away from B’nei Yisrael, in that he was very jealous for My sake among them, so that I consumed not B’nei Yisrael in My jealousy.

יא  פִּינְחָס בֶּן אֶלְעָזָר בֶּן אַהֲרֹן הַכֹּהֵן הֵשִׁיב אֶת חֲמָתִי מֵעַל בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל בְּקַנְאוֹ אֶת קִנְאָתִי בְּתוֹכָם וְלֹא כִלִּיתִי אֶת בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל בְּקִנְאָתִי.

12  Wherefore say: Behold, I give unto him My covenant of peace;

la-KHAYN e-MOR hin-NEE no-TAYN lo et b’-ree-TEE sha-LOM

יב  לָכֵן אֱמֹר הִנְנִי נֹתֵן לוֹ אֶת בְּרִיתִי שָׁלוֹם.

25:12  Behold, I give unto him My covenant of peace

The zealot, Pinkhas, sees immorality among the camp of Israel and immediately responds with an iron fist and a sharp spear. Ironically, Pinkhas is rewarded for his violent action with God’s ‘Covenant of Peace.’ The Torah is illustrating a vital lesson. Peace is not merely the absence of conflict. Pinkhas did not negotiate with the perpetrators and attempt to achieve a compromise solution. By standing up for his principles, Pinkhas demonstrated that only when based on eternal principles of truth and justice can true peace be achieved.

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13  and it shall be unto him, and to his seed after him, the covenant of an everlasting priesthood; because he was jealous for his God, and made atonement for B’nei Yisrael.’

יג  וְהָיְתָה לּוֹ וּלְזַרְעוֹ אַחֲרָיו בְּרִית כְּהֻנַּת עוֹלָם תַּחַת אֲשֶׁר קִנֵּא לֵאלֹהָיו וַיְכַפֵּר עַל בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל.

14  Now the name of the man of Yisrael that was slain, who was slain with the Midianitish woman, was Zimri, the son of Salu, a prince of a fathers’ house among the Shimonites.

יד  וְשֵׁם אִישׁ יִשְׂרָאֵל הַמֻּכֶּה אֲשֶׁר הֻכָּה אֶת הַמִּדְיָנִית זִמְרִי בֶּן סָלוּא נְשִׂיא בֵית אָב לַשִּׁמְעֹנִי.

15  And the name of the Midianitish woman that was slain was Cozbi, the daughter of Zur; he was head of the people of a fathers’ house in Midian.

טו  וְשֵׁם הָאִשָּׁה הַמֻּכָּה הַמִּדְיָנִית כָּזְבִּי בַת צוּר רֹאשׁ אֻמּוֹת בֵּית אָב בְּמִדְיָן הוּא.

16  And Hashem spoke unto Moshe, saying:

טז  וַיְדַבֵּר יְהוָה אֶל מֹשֶׁה לֵּאמֹר.

17  ‘Harass the Midianites, and smite them;

יז  צָרוֹר אֶת הַמִּדְיָנִים וְהִכִּיתֶם אוֹתָם.

18  for they harass you, by their wiles wherewith they have beguiled you in the matter of Peor, and in the matter of Cozbi, the daughter of the prince of Midian, their sister, who was slain on the day of the plague in the matter of Peor.

יח  כִּי צֹרְרִים הֵם לָכֶם בְּנִכְלֵיהֶם אֲשֶׁר נִכְּלוּ לָכֶם עַל דְּבַר פְּעוֹר וְעַל דְּבַר כָּזְבִּי בַת נְשִׂיא מִדְיָן אֲחֹתָם הַמֻּכָּה בְיוֹם הַמַּגֵּפָה עַל דְּבַר פְּעוֹר.

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