Pinchas: Chapter 27

"Now the name of the man of Yisrael that was slain"


Rabbi Eliezer tells Rabbi Yitzchak that the title verse does not say who killed the man because Pinchas had by then achieved priesthood, and it was not appropriate to mention a priest in connection with any killing.


By virtue of Pinchas's priesthood and God's unending compassion, we are absolved of our sins and elevated to greater heights of holiness as repentance stirs in our souls. Our names are stricken from the prosecuting attorney's records so that judgments can no longer be set forth against us.