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G-d tells Moshe to inform Pinchas
that Pinchas will receive G-d's
"covenant of peace" as reward for his bold action, executing Zimri
and the Midianite Princess Kozbi.
G-d commands Moshe that the people must maintain a state of enmity with the Midianites because they lured the Jewish People into sin. Moshe and Elazar are told to count the Jewish People. The Torah lists the names of the families in each tribe. The total number of males eligible to serve in the army is 601,730.
G-d instructs Moshe how to allot the Land of Israel to Bnai Yisrael. The number of the Levites' families is recorded. Tzlofchad's daughters file a claim with Moshe: in the absence of a brother, they request their late father's portion in the Land. Moshe asks G-d for the ruling, and G-d tells Moshe that their claim is just.
The Torah teaches the laws and priorities which determine the order of inheritance. G-d tells Moshe that he will ascend a mountain and view the Land that the Jewish People will soon enter, although Moshe himself will not enter. Moshe asks G-d to designate the subsequent leader, and G-d selects Yehoshua Bin Nun. Moshe ordains Yehoshua as his successor in the presence of the entire nation.
The Parsha concludes with special teachings of the service in the Beit Hamikdash.