Pinchas: Chapter 28

What is now first will be last at the resurrection of the dead


Rabbi Pinchas ben Yair explains that God will reconstruct a man in the opposite order that the body disintegrates, for now the body is first stripped of spirit, and then the skin, flesh, sinews and bones rot.


In the act of describing the order of the death process in this sacred book, Pinchas is, essentially, launching a death blow to the Angel of Death himself, paving the way for the Resurrection of the Dead and for Immortality. If the force of Death lurks anywhere within our own body, the rays of Light launched by Pinchas eliminate it completely.