There’s a lot going on in Parashat Pinchas. One of the most important jobs that Moses has been given was to pick a successor…pass the torch to a new generation. For some people, this seems to be one of the most difficult things to do in life. They just don’t want to give up power by preparing a younger generation to take over.
But, in this Parashat, God told Moses that it was time. He was not permitted to enter the Promised Land, so he must choose someone that would be able to continue his work. It wasn’t an easy task, but it had to be done. He did exactly what God had told him to do. Moses chose Joshua to continue his work, to continue God’s work.
As we grow older, each one of us must prepare ourselves to pass the torch to a new generation. Our work and dreams can continue through them, as another link is added to the chain of tradition.