PINCHAS (Numbers, 25:10-30:1) — “Why Don’t You Just…um, uh… Speak Nicely?”

The Torah records, by tribe, the names of the major family groups… the Torah lists the families based upon the sons of the heads of the tribes…

There are a few exceptions in this method of listing.  One of those exceptions is the Tribe of Asher.  The list starts off typically, mentioning Asher’s sons and their families.  Then we see some grandsons. (Still typical.)  Suddenly, the Torah throws in a “token” daughter:

The name of Asher’s daughter was Serach.

That’s it.  A brief mention of Serach, and no mention of her descendents.  Who was she and what is she doing in this list?!…

Serach was an old lady.  A very old lady.  … How did Serach manage to get so old?  How much older did she get?  How old was she when she finally succumbed? …

What did Serach do to deserve this special treatment?…

Read more.

Additional messages from previous years:

“G-d’s Apology” (2011) 

“A Covenant of Pieces” (2010) 

“Mosquito Repellant”(2006)

“Righteous Indignation vs. Abortion Clinics”(2005) 

“The REST of the Story” (2003) 

 “King?…President?…or LEADER!” (2001)

Published in: on June 27, 2013 at 6:06 pm  Leave a Comment  

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