This week’s portion of Pinhas emphasizes different types of leadership – and especially the necessary switch-over from the authoritative, majestic, scepter-staff leadership of Moses to the very different, humanistic and democratic leadership of Joshua. What we must therefore analyze is the difference between Moses’s leadership and the leadership of Joshua – and why each was vitally necessary for its respective generation of Israelites.
Such an analysis will also illumine why Moses could not himself bring the Israelites into the Promised Land.
God commands Moses to ascend the heights of Abarim (a peak of Mount Nebo) to view the Promised Land below, and then to be gathered to his nation-family.
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