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פִּֽינְחָס בֶּן־אֶלְעָזָר בֶּן־אַהֲרֹן הַכֹּהֵן הֵשִׁיב אֶת־חֲמָתִי מֵעַל בְּנֵֽי־יִשְׂרָאֵל בְּקַנְאֹו אֶת־קִנְאָתִי בְּתֹוכָם וְלֹא־כִלִּיתִי אֶת־בְּנֵֽי־יִשְׂרָאֵל בְּקִנְאָתִֽי

Pinchas ben-El'azar ben-Aharon haCohen heyshiv eht-chamati meyal b'ney-yisra'el b'kan'o eht-kin'ati b'tocham v'lo-chiliti eht-b'ney-yisra'el b'kin'ati

"Pinchas the son of El'azar, the son of Aharon the cohen, has deflected my anger from the people of Isra'el by being as zealous as I am, so that I didn't destroy them in my own zeal."

Pinchas was a priest. He was a man of holiness. He was the grandson of Aharon, Moshe’s late brother, so that also made him direct family. What was going through his mind as he watched the recent turn of events surrounding the people of Ba’al-P’or?

We have to imagine that growing up in a family such as his, that during his childhood he was given the opportunity to “soak up” holiness. Consistently, day in and day out, he was given a glimpse into the supernatural world of the awesome blessings of the God of all humanity! The Holy One had delivered the people from Egypt, from the clutches of slavery and bondage to themselves, never again to return! How then could he sit back and watch this blatant act of rebellion against the Torah of HaShem and not burn with righteous indignation on the inside?

He took action.

His spear became his instrument of justice, and in what I like to think of as a “moment of the Ruach HaKodesh” he stepped boldly into the office that was his. He interceded on the LORD’s behalf by stopping the plague, which was sure to consume the people in HaShem’s fury! For this, ADONAI rewarded him with a blessing!
— Parashat Pinchas