The Torah offers several models of familial connection that depart from the standard model.
Zelophehad's daughters call to us to take hold of life with our own hands.
The audacity of the request of Zelophehad's daughters.
Zealous acts are not always heroic.
City living can cause social fragmentation and environmental degradation.
As Jews, we must express our religious imperative to ensure equal access to land.
Not everyone is happy with Pinchas' action and its reward.
The Torah portion deals with intermarriage, a phenomenon with contemporary resonance.
Pinchas' violent act raises questions about the extent of any leader's authority.
God gives Pinchas a covenant of peace; God explains the apportionment of the Land of Israel; the daughters of Tzelophechad petition to inherit their father's portion; Moses appoints Joshua his successor.