Thursday, July 1, 2010

Pinchas followed the way of Aharon


Wouldn't it have been enough if the Torah had mentioned the name of Pinchas' father, e.g. "Pinchas ben Elazar", instead of also mentioning his grandfather's name "Pinchas ben Elazar ben Aharon" - Numbers (BaMidbar) 25:10 - 11 - ? 

Rashi commentates that many Jews in the desert used to make fun of Pinchas due to his formerly idol - worshipping grandfather Yitro. However, Pinchas walked in the righteous ways of his grandfather Aharon and this is what the Torah is trying us to teach (by listing Aharon's name as well). See commentary "Siftei Chachamim" !

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