Shabbat Pinchas (Numbers 25:10 – 30:1)

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In addition to the dramatic events left over from last week (Israelites being tempted into idolatry and adultery by Midianite showgirls, culminating in one couple attempting to have relations in the Tent of Meeting itself, only to be thwarted (not to mention skewered where they lay) by Pinchas, we hear about the divvying up of the Promised Land.

This leads to a conundrum for 5 tribeswomen – the daughters of Zelophechad. It seems the poor guy kicked the bucket without any male heirs, or brothers. The daughters put forward their case – that they shouldn’t be cut off from their portion of land – and God agrees.

Only by standing together are they able to make their case, and in doing so they continue to make strides toward bringing the sexes together in true equality.

SO… limited only by your creativity and the category of food assigned, please plan to bring a “united food”.

Not sure what this Torah portion is about? You can find a brief summary in The Edible Torah’s “Condensed Guide to the Weekly Torah Readings”. For more information on what The Edible Torah is all about, along with insight on how to set up a pot-luck Shabbat experience, check out “The Edible Torah”.

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