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Zealots and Sages

Parshat Pinchas (Numbers 25:10-30:1)

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/torah_portion/article/zealots_and_sages_20070706

There is a scribal tradition, maintained in every Torah scroll, that testifies to the problematic nature of Pinchas' reward. "I give him my covenant of peace," God tells Moses regarding the young priest. But the word for peace, shalom, is defective. The letter vav is inscribed hollow. It is a broken letter, a broken shalom, a peace that can't endure.

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