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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Pinehas - Guardian of the Berit

Translation of Mahsof Halavan on Pinehas (right column, middle paragraph):
Or else, one can hint that the word פינחס contains the letters of נח and יוסף sans the vav. And the meaning is that Noah was called a Tzaddik and Yosef was also called Yosef Hatzaddik. And the reason is because they guarded the sign of the holy Berit properly since one who guards the sign of the holy Berit is called a Tzaddik. And even though Yosef was tested and passed the test whereas Noah was not tested, nevertheless, since all the people of his generation blemished the Berit while he himself guarded himself, there is no greater test than this.

And behold Pinehas, since he was zealous for the blemish of the Berit, HKB"H considered it as if he was tested with the Berit and withstood the test. And for this reason, Yosef and Noah are hinted to in his name to say that just as they were called Tzaddikim because they guarded the Berit, so too he is called a Tzaddik because he was zealous for the Berit, as there is no guarding greater than this.

And behold פינחס, plus the Kollel is the gematria of הצדיק [value of 209] to show that the verse considers it as if he himself was tested with the Berit and withstood the test. And he was called a Tzaddik similar to Noah and Yosef, who are engraved in his name. And also, this works well [what the first Midrash on Parshat Pinehas says that] "He rightly takes his reward", which is an additional reward of being tested with the Berit, similar to Noah and Yosef, who are engraved in his name.

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