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The First Populist
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The story of Korach has much to teach us about one of the most disturbing phenomena of our time: the rise of populism in contemporary politics. Korach was a populist, one of the first in recorded history – and populism has re-emerged in the West, as it did in the 1930s, posing great danger to […]
Korach 5778
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Eleh HaDevarim on the root of Korach’s sin. Rav Schwab on what Korach “took”. What does the 2nd pasuk seem to be a repetition of the first? Rav Soloveitchik on how the machloket of Korach is alive and well in our day. Kli Yakar on the command not to be like Korach like Hashem told […]
Korach 5778
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The story of Korach is about the art of avoiding machloket. Why does Moshe momentarily despair when Korach rebels? When did the story of Korach take place? Why is it recorded now? Rashi, Ibn Ezra, and the Ramban. What is the subtext of Korach’s questions to Moshe? What role to Datan and Aviram play?
Two Hundred and Fifty plus One
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וּקְחוּ אִישׁ מַחְתָּתוֹ וּנְתַתֶּם עֲלֵיהֶם קְטֹרֶת And let each man take his fire-pan and place ketores on them. (16:17) When Korach and his men complain about being excluded from the service in the Mishkan, Moshe responds by telling them each to offer the ketores; for through that, the one whom Hashem chooses will be known. […]
An Anatomy of Betrayal II
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Why do we see the same 2 people, Datan and Aviram, keep causing trouble – in Egypt when Moshe confronts Pharaoh, at the sea, with the mahn, with Korach? What makes them tick? History repeats itself… Delivered at the OU Israel Center, 29 Sivan  5778 (June 12, 2018) Download the mekorot here
Egocentricity or Envy?
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 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein             Korach, a leader in the tribe of Levi, gathered to him Dothan Aviram and another 250 men and challenged Moshe’s authority as Hashem’s representative in appointing Aharon to be the High Priest. When Moshe sees he can make no headway with Korach, Moshe sends for […]
The Danger of Machlokes
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“…Dosson and Aviram went out upright at the entrance of their tents with their wives, children, and infants.” – Num. 16:27 The Rebellion Korach, carried away by jealousy, led two hundred and fifty men in rebellion against Moshe and HASHEM. These were all great individuals; they had all witnessed Moshe going up to Har Sinai […]