87. וְאִם תֹּאמַר, לָמָּה נִזְכַּר כָּאן פִּנְחָס? אֶלָּא רָאָה הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא אֶת אַהֲרֹן בְּשָׁעָה שֶׁאָמַר וָאֶזְכֹּר אֶת בְּרִיתִי, שֶׁעֲתִידִים שְׁנֵי בְנֵי אַהֲרֹן לִפְגֹּם אֶת הַבְּרִית הַזּוֹ, וְעַכְשָׁו שֶׁהוּא שׁוֹלֵחַ אוֹתוֹ לְמִצְרַיִם, רָצָה לְהַעֲבִיר אֶת אַהֲרֹן שֶׁלֹּא לָלֶכֶת בִּשְׁלִיחוּת זוֹ. כֵּיוָן שֶׁרָאָה הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא שֶׁעָמַד פִּנְחָס וְקִיֵּם אֶת הַבְּרִית הַזּוֹ בִּמְקוֹמָהּ וְתִקֵּן אֶת הָעַקְמִימוּת שֶׁלָּהֶם, מִיָּד – הוּא אַהֲרֹן וּמֹשֶׁה. אָמַר הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא, עַכְשָׁו הוּא אַהֲרֹן, הוּא אַהֲרֹן שֶׁל הַהַתְחָלָה.
“וְאֶלְעָזָר בֶּן אַהֲרֹן לָקַח לוֹ מִבְּנוֹת פּוּטִיאֵל לוֹ לְאִשָּׁה וַתֵּלֶד לוֹ אֶת פִּינְחָס אֵלֶּה רָאשֵׁי אֲבוֹת הַלְוִיִּם לְמִשְׁפְּחֹתָם.”
“Aaron’s son Eleazar married one of the daughters of Putiel, and she bore him Phinehas. These are the heads of the fathers’ households of the Levites according to their families.”
The Zohar brings another explanation as to why Pinchas is referenced in a plural form in the above verse.
When Pinchas did what he did to save the Israelites, his soul left his body temporary and he received back the souls of Nadav and Avihu, his uncles. Like the sons of Aaron, they were “heads of the fathers’ households”.
Nadav and Avihu considered as heads of Levites. Pinchas corrected a disconnection between Yessod and Malchut that Nadav and Avihu did and for that, he ‘inherited’ their status.
This Torah portion is about Moses and Aaron and the Zohar asks why Pinchas is mentioned here when his actions are in the future, after leaving Egypt. The Zohar explains that when the Holy One Blessed be He said: “I have remembered My covenant” (Exodus 6:5 #81 above), he saw that the two sons of Aaron, Nadav, and Avihu, would set flaw to the covenant. Because of that, he wanted to remove Aaron from the mission with Moses to take the Israelites out of Egypt. Then he saw that Pinchas restores the connection of the covenant and he accepted Aaron as if nothing happened. We understand this from Exodus 6:26
“הוּא אַהֲרֹן וּמֹשֶׁה אֲשֶׁר אָמַר יְהוָה לָהֶם הוֹצִיאוּ אֶת בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם עַל צִבְאֹתָם.”
“It was the same Aaron and Moses to whom YHVH said, “Bring out the sons of Israel from the land of Egypt according to their hosts.”
Members of a family affect the entire family tree because they share the same spiritual roots. God remove the blemish from our souls if we correct our mistakes and flaws. Our ancestors benefit or suffer from our actions in this world. If we do good in their names, their souls get elevated because they are also judged on Rosh Hashanah for whatever legacy they left behind. It makes a big difference for them, if they left their money to their children and it was wasted negatively or used to build and benefit others. Every little action has an impact, even lighting a candle for them on days of remembrance and or giving a few coins to Tzedaka on their names.
To have a good and ‘clean’ future it is important to move forward with a positive outlook. Never to fall into paralysis and darkness state. The Light is always ahead and we walk toward it, small or large steps, depending on how much darkness holds us back. We correct the past by doing the right things now, not later. We teach our children the moral code of the Torah and how to connect to it as they grow up.