Home Subscribe Services Support Us
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Parshas Pinchas - The Sword is Mightier than the Pen

by Rabbi Dovid Green

Special thanks to Mrs. Miriam Green for her contribution of this week's dvartorah.

Being Jewish.

It's about commitment.

It's also about action.

Picture a gentleman at a fund-raiser dinner.

He stands up before the crowd and loudly announces that he will donate $1,000,000 to the cause.

The assembled guests can practically SEE the faces of the needy who will now gain such tremendous assistance.

They applaud, but...

After the lights are out and the crowd goes home, the man does NOTHING.

Not a penny was forthcoming. Not an orphan saved from hunger.


In Parshas Pinchas we learn of the swift action of Pinchas ben Elazar in the face of the degradation of his nation perpetrated by the Midianite nation. (Numbers 26:14)

It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. (Charles Dickens)

They were so close to gaining access to the Holy Land, yet...

They were faced with a tremendous test, and they were about to lose!

The honor of Heaven was at stake.

They were the world ambassadors for Monotheism.

Inaction at that point would have meant diluting and confusing their message.

In one fell swoop Pinchas pulled it all together.

He didn't stand before the crowd pontificating on the great deeds he would do.

He acted.

He acted because one cannot stand by quietly when a house is on fire.

Words have a tendency to be cheap.

It is the best of times. It is the worst of times.

Our nation is free all over the world to study and to teach. To understand and live the words of our Torah.

We are also free to disappear.

Let's all make a pledge of the most precious of human assets...time.

We'll take something we've learned and put it into action, for fifteen minutes.

Write a charity check being sure to address the envelope and put on the stamp.

Talk to your Creator.

Learn some of the weekly Torah portion and enjoy doing it.

When the spiritual house of Jacob, the structure of our nation, is at stake,

. . . if we only shmooze, we lose!

Good Shabbos.

Rabbi Dovid Green and Project Genesis, Inc.

We gratefully acknowledge the contribution of this week's Dvar Torah by Rabbi Label Lam, of FOUNDATIONS for Jewish Learning Monsey, N.Y. 10952 Phone: 914-352-0111 or 800-700-9577. Fax-914-352-0305.
Foundations will be conducting a fascinating introduction to Judaism seminar from Sept. 20-22 On Rosh HaShana in the New York area for people at all levels. Those interested should please contact them at the above toll-free number.



View Complete List

Spreading the Fate
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5758

A Heavy Helping of Responsible-ness
Rabbi Label Lam - 5776

Understanding Creation
Shlomo Katz - 5765

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

What are We, Dirt?
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5760

To Rule is Divine
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5775

To Rise or to Fall
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5755

> One Word, One World
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5767

“Fonzie & the Happy Days of Rest”
Jon Erlbaum - 5769

In the Bias of the Beholder
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5764


It's Never Too Late
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5766

This Time
Rabbi Label Lam - 5767

The Secrets of Creation
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5770

Looking for a Chavrusah?

From Dust To G-dliness
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5764

Evil Without
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5759

Meaning and Purpose: A Good Beginning
Rabbi Label Lam - 5769

Getting to Know the Yetzer Hara
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5759

Project Genesis Home

Torah Portion

Jewish Law



Learn the Basics




Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base


About Us

Contact Us

Free Book on Geulah! Home Copyright Information