By Rabbi Moshe Erlbaum
1. A major census is recounted in the parsha. Whereelse in the book of Numbers is there a census of theJews?
2. Which nasi (tribal leader) has the same first name asa nasi (national president) in the time of the secondTemple?
3. In this parsha, with respect to which two people doesthe Torah explicitly state that he has no sons?
4. Which nasi (tribal leader) is the brother
law of Aharon the High Priest?
5. Which two people in this parsha are explicitly calleda "firstborn"?
6. Whose death is mentioned in this parsha? (2 answers)
7. Which of the 10 plagues is mentioned in this parsha?
8. Which relative of Moshe shares the name of an an-cient city in the land of Israel?
9. The name of which "mysterious" animal appears sixtimes in this parsha?
10. Which five members of the same immediate familyhave names that begin with the same Hebrew letter?
1. In parshas Pinchas, in the last year of the 40
year journey in the desert, another census is taken of theJews (Numbers 26:1).
2. Gamliel ben Pedatzur, from the tribal of Menasheh(Numbers 1:10), shares a first name with the famous
and great sage of the second Temple era
Rab- ban Gamliel.
3. The Torah states that the eldest sons of Aharon, Nadav and Avihu, have no sons of their own(Numbers 3:4).
4. Nachshon ben Aminadav, the tribal leader of Yehu-dah, is the brother
law of Aharon. Aharon is mar-
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meditated upon his sins and was seized with fear.Their faces were deathly white. Many of them faint-ed.
After a few moments which seemed like aneternity, the reading drew to a close and the noble-men recovered somewhat. Deeply embarrassed, theyslipped away by ones and twos.
After the conclusion of the prayers, the Jewssat down to the traditional dairy meal. Betweencourses, the Shpoler Zeide said he would now ex- plain the mysterious events that had taken place.The excited chassidim listened attentively.
“I assure you that your landlord and the restof those noblemen will remember for the rest of their lives how they heard the Ten Commandmentshere today, and they will never afflict you again. Toaccomplish that, I was forced to trouble Moses, our teacher, himself to come here and to read the Torah.I had no choice. He went too far. You have a greatmerit, my friends, to have been here today.”
The assembled Jews all looked at each other in amazement. But there was more to come.
“You should know that your landlord, theduke, is not just an ordinary gentile. He has in him aspark of the soul of Jethro, the priest of Midian, whocame to the Jews in the desert before they reachedMt. Sinai and acknowledged the existence of G
d...and that Israel is His chosen people.”
That night, after the holiday ended, the dukesent a pair of messengers to his tenant’s house torequest that the rebbe come to see him. The tzaddik agreed and went with them to the castle. The twomen spent hours together alone, behind lockeddoors. The next morning the Shpoler Zeide returnedhome. He never told anyone what he had spokenabout privately with the lord.
From that day on, the landlord’s attitude to-wards his Jewish tenants changed dramatically.They were able to live in peace and prosperity,without any unfair pressure from the lord. Not onlythat, but with his own money he paid for the con-struction of a synagogue for the Jews who lived onhis estates. He did insist, however, that it be built onthat spot on the hill where the holy rabbi had cometo pray.
(Stories of Greatness — Continued from page 7)