Numbers 25:10-30:1


Pinchas, the grandson of Aaron, bravely took charge and killed a Simeonite prince, Zimiri, and a Midianite Princess who were acting against G-d.  G-d rewards Aaron for standing up when no one else would and grants Pinchas Priesthood.

After another plague, a census is taken of all the Israelite men between the ages of 20-60.  After they are counted, the land that will belong to the Israelites is to be divided equally by a lottery.  Those tribes with a higher population get more land than tribes with less of a population so that every man is granted the same about of land.

The five daughters of Tzelafchad had lost their father and had no brothers.  The lot of land was granted to sons, not daughters, so the women went to Moses to ask for the land they would have been granted had they been sons.  Moses goes to G-d with their story and G-d relays to Moses that the women are right.  They are to have the land and carry on their father’s name.  If a man has no sons, his daughters will get the inheritance.  If no children, then his brothers will inherit from him.  If no brothers, then his father’s brothers.

Knowing that Moses will not be allowed to enter the promised land, he requests someone for the people of Israel to follow so that they are not like sheep without a shepherd.  G-d appoints Joshua to be the one to succeed him and lead the Israelites into the promised land.

G-d gives Moses a detailed list of the offerings to be given daily and the offerings to be given on all the Holy Days to observe: Shabbat, Rosh Chodesh, Passover, Shavuot, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, and Shemini Atzeret.