Parshat Korach: The Torah’s Expectations of its Leaders

June 15, 2012, by

And they gathered against Moshe and Aharon and they said to them: You have enough! For all of the nation – every member – are sacred and Hashem is among them. Why have you lifted yourselves above the congregation of Hashem? (Sefer BeMidbar 16:3) 1. Korach’s true objective Parshat Korach describes a rebellion initiated and […]

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Parshat Korach: What Could Be Wrong With Mussar?

June 19, 2011, by

“And he (Moshe) spoke to Korach and all of his congregation saying, “In the morning Hashem will make known who is His and who is sanctified He will draw close to Himself. Who He chooses, He will draw close to Himself.” (BeMidbar 16:5) Should we devote time to the study of mussar (moral discipline)? It […]

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Parshat Korach: What Was In It For Datan and Aviram?

June 19, 2011, by

“And Korach the son of Yitzhar the son of Kahat the son of Leyve separated himself, together with Datan and Aviram the sons of Ahaliav and Ohn the son of Pelet, the sons of Reuven.” (BeMidbar 16:1) Korach initiated a dispute with Moshe regarding the leadership of Bnai Yisrael. Rashi explains that Korach was motivated […]

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Haftarah for Korach

June 15, 2011, by

The Jews were so inspired by Shaul’s leadership that they retired to Gilgal, where they crowned Shaul again, this time unanimously. They offered sacrifices to Hashem and rejoiced there. Chapter 12 Now that Shaul had been crowned king, Shmuel was ready to withdraw from his role as Judge. (He would still serve as prophet, but […]

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Rabbi Weinreb’s Parsha Column for Parshas Korach

June 24, 2009, by

The Jewish community in the United States of America is pleased and proud to live in a democracy. What is a democracy? It is often described as a society in which all are equal. But this description falls short of the mark. Because obviously we all are not equal. Some of us are stronger, some wiser, some wealthier, than others. We are not equally endowed with talents at birth, nor do we all partake in equal sets of circumstances as we grow and develop.

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