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Did Moses go by his English name, except when he was called to the Torah?

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The Moses family.

jochebedI’m collecting ideas for a d’var Torah — a talk about the Torah/Bible portion for July 11. The portion is Pinchas — Numbers 25:10-30:1  This is a busy portion, with a lot of events and information to choose from.

One thing that strikes me is that this is the place where Moses’s parents are given names (Numbers 26:59). It’s  in the context of numbering the tribe of Levi. In the story of the Exodus, and in the traditional Passover Haggadah, they go unnamed.

Are there any commentaries about that detail? Any other thoughts about this portion, particularly Numbers 26:52-28:15?

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