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Parshas Maasei and the Shlosha D'Puranusa: Nature, Nurture, and Spiritual DNA

Updated: Feb 16, 2021

At the end of last week’s Parsha, the Midyanim sent women from their kingdom to seduce the Jewish men and cause them to sin in order that the Jews should lose favor in God’s eyes and be less successful in battle on their way to Eretz Yisrael. Unfortunately, Zimri, the Nasi of Shevet Shimon, publically sinned by bringing Kazbi, a Midianite woman, into his tent in front of many onlookers (Bamidbar 25:6). Pinchas, the son of Elazar, grandson of Aharon HaKohen, kills Kazbi and Zimri, and at the beginning of this week’s Parsha, aptly named in his honor,