May 212017

How did the daughters of Tzlofchad inherit Tzlofchad’s double portion from his father if one only inherits a double portion that the eldest inherited in his lifetime?  One opinion is brought to explain what exactly it was that Moshe didn’t know with regard to both the daughters of Tzolfchad and the man who was chopping trees on Shabbat, both cases where Moshe had to turn to God for an advice.  This opinion minimizes what Moshe didn’t know.  He says that it was specifically regarding the double portion and not the inheritance in general.  The virtues of the daughters of Tzlofchad are delineated – their intelligence, their ability to interpret the verses in the Torah and their righteousness.

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