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This week is Parshas Pinchas, Number 22:2 - 29. The end of the Parsha discusses the various communal sacrifices. This section would have been a better fit in the book of Leviticus. Why is it here?

The communal sacrifices brought Hashem a reyach n'choach - a sense of satisfaction. We see the effects of this satisfaction from Tamuz 17, a public fast day - This year commemorated on Sunday July 1. One of the tragedies that occurred on Tamuz 17 was the cessation of the community sacrifices.

Jerusalem was under siege by the Romans for more than three years. Each day, the Jews would lower a basket of gold over the wall. The Romans would empty the basket and return it with two lambs. These lambs were used as the daily sacrifices. The Romans believed they had a better deal as the Jews were paying an unheard of amount for two small lambs. An apostate Jew informed the powers that were that as long as the Jews offered sacrifices, the Romans would never be able to conquer the city. That day, instead of returning the basket with two lambs, the Romans put a pig in the basket. The Jews did not offer sacrifices on Tamuz 17, the walls of Jerusalem were finally breached, that day and the Temple was destroyed three weeks later.

Immediately preceding this section of the sacrifices, Moshe was informed that he was not going to Israel and that Joshua was to be his successor. Until that time, the Jews did not need to bring the daily sacrifices as Moshe provided that sense of satisfaction to Hashem.

Today, we have no sacrifices. We are to take a lesson from Moshe and provide that nachas to Hashem ourselves. Every act dedicated to Hashem, regardless of how trivial we may think it is, causes Hashem great satisfaction.


One market day in the small town of Lubavitch, 11-year-old Yosef Yitzchak was walking home. Along the way he met Reb David, the butcher, hurrying to the market with a calf swung over his shoulder, a young lamb in his arms, and a basket of chickens hanging in front of him. Suddenly, a policeman came running over and struck Reb David in the face. Yosef Yitzchak was enraged at the unprovoked attack. "Filthy drunk!" he yelled at the policeman, pushing him away from Reb David with all of his strength. But, Yosef Yitzchak was hardly a match for the burly policeman. The young boy was roughly pushed and pulled through the busy market crowds until they reached the police station. There, his "crime" was reported; he allegedly had torn the policeman's medal off of his uniform and prevented him from fulfilling his duty. The station officer looked at the boy with contempt. He slapped the boy in the face and led him by the ear to a dark cell.

Yosef Yitzchak was beside himself with fright. Then, suddenly, he thought, "I am sitting in jail just like my famous and holy grandfathers who were imprisoned for defending Jews and Judaism! I should occupy myself with Torah-study as they did." In the gloom of the cell, he started repeating chapters of Torah by heart. Suddenly he heard a long, groan coming from the corner. He forced himself to concentrate on the words of Torah and moved away from the corner. Again, there came the frightening groaning, accompanied by the noise of desperate struggling. Yosef Yitzchak remembered he had a box of matches with him. He struck a match, and saw a calf lying in the corner of the cell with its legs tied and a muzzle over its mouth. A short while later, the cell door opened. The officer who had thrown him into the cell pleaded, "Forgive me, I didn't know who you were. Have pity on me. Don't tell the chief that I hit you and mistreated you" (The Schneerson family was bestowed with the title of Honored Citizen for All Generations by the Czar for their work in helping to stop Napoleon).

Yosef Yitzchak was led into the station's office where he saw Reb David, the butcher and a policeman. Two witnesses from the Jewish community were there on Reb David's behalf. The policeman was claiming that the calf Reb David had taken to market was stolen from another butcher. The witnesses testified that Reb David had bought the calf himself. As the case preceded, Mr. Silverbrod, a representative of Yosef Yitzchak's family, arrived with a note for the police chief. The chief read the note and said that the boy should be released. Yosef Yitzchak told Mr. Silverbrod about the calf he had seen in the jail cell. Mr. Silverbrod immediately realized that this was the calf that had been stolen. The police chief was informed and, upon investigation, found out that the calf had indeed been stolen and hidden by the policeman who had attacked Reb David and accused him of stealing it.

When Yosef Yitzchak's returned home, his father expressed pride in him. "You did well to defend an upright and honest Jew," he said, "even if you suffered for several hours. Now, you have found out how good it is to know parts of Torah by heart. Indeed, without it, how would you have been any different than the calf which was in the jail with you?" Young Yosef Yitzchak, who became the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, later wrote in his diary: "Father's words became engraved in my mind and in my heart: To love and hold dear every Jew, to defend the honor of a Jew even when dangerous to do so; and to store away a "provision" of Torah.


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