Pinchas – Torah In Haiku

 passing the batton

​G-d speaks to Moses …
You disobeyed at Kadesh …
Your days are numbered —-

Moses speaks to G-d …
I’ve got to pass the baton …
Name a new leader —-

G-d speaks to Moses …
I have just the man for you …
Joshua’s the one —-

In Numbers 27:12-18, G-d reminds Moses that he will not enter the land because he disobeyed G-d’s command when, after the death of Miriam he struck the rock, instead of speaking to it, to bring forth water (Deut 20:7-13). Moses asks G-d to name a new leader, so the people will not be “like sheep that have no shepherd”. G-d chooses Joshua, “a man in whom is spirit.”

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Ed Nickow | The Torah In Haiku

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