In this week’s portion we find the five daughters of Tzelafchad approaching Moshe and asking for the rights of women to inherit land in Israel. The original plan, as we read it in the Torah, does not give them this right. This request left Moshe without an answer and he told them to wait until he hears from Hashem what the ruling will be.
The answer came: כֵּן בְּנוֹת צְלָפְחָד דֹּבְרֹת, “The daughters of Tzelafchad speak properly…”. (Num. 27,7) Hashem justified their claim and agreed with them that they do have property rights.
This passage communicates an important message. When one sees an injustice and feels that a correction must be made, the individual must not remain silent but should speak up to rectify the problem. The approach, however, should be peaceful and the arguments should be logical.
Too often people feel they have a just cause but they refrain from voicing their opinion. They then miss the opportunity of correcting the situation. Anyone who feels they have a just cause should not remain silent but speak up, respectfully.