Now I'm not saying that everything is roses here. The text goes on to say that if a man has no sons then his daughters inherit, but if he has no daughters than his brothers (not sisters) get it. If not a brother than his uncles (not Aunts) and so on. But I'm still going to chalk this up to a victory for women everywhere.
This is big news. That these five sisters banded together to come to Moses and Eleazar (not to mention the entire congregation of the meeting) and say before all that they believed they were entitled to something. Not just something, but everything. They didn't want to share the inheritance with their Uncles, they stood up for themselves, and women and daughters everywhere, to get what was their due.
Now I'm not going to go into the legalistic quibbles about whether these women had to marry their cousins in order to inherit (which is probably true, since we talk about that a few pages later.) It's a moralistic quandry to be sure, but not the message I'm trying to relate.
All to often I'm talking with EG about speaking up, getting across her point and using her words. Here five women stood amongst men to claim what was theirs. And rightfully so.
Additionally these are five sisters (shout out to H5!) who have eachother's backs. Imagine what would have happened if four had stood together. That means they are really all standing apart.
There is a special bond between sisters (love you Becca!) and I want EG to embrace that bond with Ocho. There will be many moments of difficulty, but this torah story illustrates that it's possible to stand-up to speak up and to stand together as one.
Now EG and Ocho aren't quite ready for this story, but I think this YouTube video sums the parsha up fairly well, and puts the focus where I think it should be- the victory of women's rights and the idea of speaking up for your self.