No sooner had the Israelites defeated their foes
Then they decided to celebrate by fornicating with Moabite women.
God responded by inflicting yet another plague and hundreds died.
Pincus, Aaron’s grandson, picked up a spear
And crying, “Enough of this self-sabotage,”
Pierced an Israelite and his Moabite lover.
The plague stopped and God praised Pincus
For understanding that the cycle of victory,
Followed by undisciplined mischief could not stand.
Focus turned to naming Joshua, son of Nun
As Moses’s successor with a worthy ritual.
With Eleazar, son of the departed Aaron,
In place as the Head Cohen,
The sacrificial calendar was reviewed,
With a precise focus not only on the daily sacrifice rituals,
But also on those rituals that marked special festivals each year.
A full accounting of the animals to be sacrificed was made.
With that the parasha named for Pincus became a lodestar
For centuries to come.