I love a good story. I really love a back story. This week’s Torah portion, Pinchas, is about the laws of inheritance -- or how women came to have the right to inherit as their brothers.
To me - the way the story is told in Pinchas, is neither very interesting or believable.
As the story goes - the five daughters of the late Zelophehad petitioned Moses, Eleasar, the chieftains and the whole assembly (men) to plead for equal inheritance laws for themselves. Moses then talked to G-d; G-d said it seemed just to him - and it was done.
Tomorrow morning, JD and Jonathan, along with their parents, will, like all of our B’nai Mitzvah, join me in my office before services and we will all put on our tallitot, our prayer shawls, together. Before we recite the blessing and wrap ourselves in them, I usually ask our B’nai Mitzvah why we wear a tallit.
Sunday, April 22, 5:45 a.m. We hoist our heavy duffel bags into the trunk, pull away from the curb and head for San Francisco airport. It is still dark in Palo Alto -- the sun will not be up for another 41 minutes -- but we are as awake as a hot shower and a cup of caffeine can get you, hearts pumping with excitement about flying off to Spain and Israel with our Beth Am group, otherwise known as the fabulous forty-six.