In Parshat Pinchas, we meet the five daughters of Tzelafchad: Machlah, No’ah, Chaglah, Milkah and Tirtzah. When Tzelafchad dies, these daughters petition Moshe to grant them their father’s inheritance since he had no sons.
We’re recreating a famous Torah scene!
This week’s Parsha, Parshat Chukat, includes a very enigmatic episode:
Life wandering the desert can be tough. There is work to be done in the Temple of Meeting, there is wandering to be done, and there is Manna to be eaten. The Israelites begin to rebel in this week’s Torah reading.
In this week’s Torah reading, Parshat Yitro, we read about the monumental moment of the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai.
This week’s parsha, Parshat Bamidbar, is the opening to a new book of the Torah called Bamidbar or Numbers. This parsha introduces us to the 12 tribes of Israel and their encampment in the desert. Each tribe had a flag in a distinctive color with their tribal symbol (for example, Judah’s symbol is a Lion; Dan’s is a scale, Benjamin’s is a wolf). This parsha provides a good opportunity to talk about how the Jewish community is made up of many different groups that each contribute in different ways.