Pinchas: Little Chefs & Partnering With Hashem
By Rabbi Yonah Burr
פינחס בן אלעזר בן אהרן הכהן השיב את חמתי מעל בני ישראל בקנאו את קאתי בתוכם
פרש"י "בקנאו את קנאתי בקצפו את הקצף שהיה לי לקצוף"
“Pinchas the son of Elazer the son of Aharon HaKohen removed my anger from the Jewish People when he avenged My vengeance among them” Rashi explains, when he avenged the vengeance that I needed to take.
Rav Moshe Feinstein z”l makes an interesting observation: the posuk seems to emphasize that the reason Pinchas deserved to be rewarded was because “he avenged the vengeance that Hashem needed to take”. The fact that he shared, or partnered with Hashem. The primary reward was that he took it upon himself to carry out something that otherwise Hashem Himself would need to do.
Rav Moshe gives a beautiful parable to illustrate this idea. Very often a mother is carrying something, or cooking something, and her little child wants to help. The child wants to pour something into the batter, or carry some of the packages along with the parent. The truth is, that perhaps it would even be easier for the mother to just do the whole job herself-the ‘help’ of the child might even slow her down! But the fact that the child wants to help warms the mother’s heart- and creates a cherished moment and lasting memory.
The same can be said regarding our relationship with Hashem. Certain Mitzvos that we do are really Hashem’s ‘responsibility’. For example, giving tzadaka to the needy- really Hashem is the One Who sustains us all. However, He gives us the opportunity to ‘help’ in the task, by giving us the mitzva of tzadaka. Besides the reward due for the performance of any mitzva, a special bond is created by the fact that we are sharing in the job alongside Hashem.
This can be our attitude towards life in general; we were placed in this world to perfect ourselves and to help others- to partner with Hashem in His master plan!
How fortunate we are to be charged and trusted with such a mission! May we all merit reaching our potential and being the best partners we can be!
Have a wonderful Shabbos