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Korach – Rishon
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A rebellion was started by a disgruntled Levite named Korach, from the family of Kehos. (Rashi cites the Midrash that the reason for his rebellion was that Korach felt passed over for a promotion when he wasn’t selected head of his Tribe. He then accused Moshe of nepotism in making his own brother High Priest.) […]
Korach – Sheini
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Continuing the rant of Dasan and Aviram, they accused Moshe of deceit and refused to come. (Their words “lo naaleh” literally translate as “we will not ascend” – words that turned out to be truer than they could have imagined!) Moshe was angered by these false accusations and he prayed to G-d not to favor […]
Korach – Shlishi
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G-d told Moshe and Aharon to stand aside, as He was about to strike down the entire community. They prayed that He only punish the rebels. G-d agreed and instructed the people to distance themselves from Korach’s assembly. (The words “mishkan Korach” could be taken to mean that Korach had established a “breakaway” Tabernacle.) The […]
Korach – R’vi’i
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…the people were blaming him for the deaths of the rebels, when God made his Presence manifest. “Step aside,” said God, “and I’ll wipe them all out in an instant.” Moshe and Aharon did not want God to do this, so they prayed for the people. The plague had already started, so Moshe had Aharon […]
Korach – Chamishi
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God had Moshe speak to the Tribal leaders. They were told to write their names on their staffs and to bring them to the Mishkan. Aharon’s name would be written on the staff of the Tribe of Levi. God said He would cause the staff of the one He desires to blossom. That should put […]
Korach – Shishi
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God told Moshe to place Aharon’s staff in the Mishkan, alongside the Ark, to serve as a memorial. He did so. But now the people were afraid of the Mishkan, worried that it caused death. God told Aharon that the job of the kohanim and Leviim would be to erase any trace of sin associated […]
Korach – Sh’vi’i
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The Levites would also inherit no land, instead being supported in exchange for their services. They would receive the tithes (maaser), 10% of the people’s produce. The Leviim would take a portion of the tithes they received and give it to the kohanim. (This is called terumas maaser, the priestly gift taken from a tithe. […]
Korach – Haftarah
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Two vital realizations make this week’s haftarah more understandable. First, almost everyone, if not everyone, has an internal justification for what they do, no matter how evil they may actually be in fact. It is not true that evil people—substitute your favorites, Hitler, Stalin, Saddam Hussein being the usual suspects, but with plenty of competition […]