Our guest this week is Rabbi Shmuel Goldin, Senior Rabbi of the Ahavath Torah congregation in Englewood, NJ. Rabbi Goldin is a former instructor of Bible and Philosophy at the Isaac Breuer College and the James Striar School of Yeshiva University; the founding director of and lecturer at The Eve Flechner Torah Institute-an institute of Torah study located in the Bergen County community; and has served on the faculty of numerous other institutes. He is a past President of the Rabbinical Council of America, past president of the Rabbinic Alumni of Yeshiva University, past President of the Rabbinical Council of Bergen County and former Chairman of its Kashruth Committee; former Rabbinic advisor to the Jewish Youth Encounter Program; a member of the Board of Directors of the Sinai Learning Disabilities Program of New Jersey. He is a member of the U.J.A. Rabbinic Cabinet; member of the Rabbinic Cabinet of Israel Bonds; and charter member of the Rabbinic Alumni Cabinet of Yeshiva University. Rabbi Goldin is the author of four recently published books and has served on the board of several Jewish organizations.
This week's Torah Portion- Parashat Pinchas (Numbers 25:10-30:1)- begins with Pinchas being rewarded for his problematic act of killing the Israelite and his midianite paramour in the previous portion. A census is then conducted and God tells Moses how to divide the land between the tribes and people of Israel. Moses names Joshua as his successor, and the parasha ends with a detailed list of daily offerings and of offerings brought on different holidays. Our talk focuses on the fascinating formula used to divide the land of Israel between the people of Israel.
If you would like to learn some more about Parashat Pinchas, take a look at our conversation with Rabbi Roberto Arbib.