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Korach’s Rebellion
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Lessons from Korach's Rebellion against Hashem and Moshe - The latest episode of The Good Vort, presented by Rabbi Yosef Grossman, OU Director of Kosher Education. Recorded live at a OU World Headquarters in NY, NY on June 15, 2010.
Parshat Chukat: The Torah of Conflict Resolution
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Dedicated to Professor Gerald Steinberg & Rabbi Marc Gopin Amid the epic themes of Chukkat – the mysterious ritual of the Red Heifer, the death of Miriam and Aaron, Moses striking the rock – it is easy to miss the significance of a short passage toward the end. It is brief, cryptic, almost unintelligible and […]
Parshat Chukat: Law and Narrative
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ONE OF THE MOST STRIKING FEATURES OF THE TORAH – and of the Judaic heritage generally – is insufficiently commented on, namely its combination of law and narrative. The Mosaic books contain both, and they gave rise to two different literatures in the rabbinic period, namely halakhah and aggadah. Halakhah represents law. Aggadah is the […]
Parshat Chukat-Balak: A Nation That Dwells Alone
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One of the most profound and influential comments ever made about Jewish destiny was made by the pagan prophet Bilaam in this week’s sedra: As I see them from the mountain tops, Gaze on them from the heights, Behold it is a people that dwells alone, Not reckoned among the nations. (Num. 23: 9) To […]
Parshat Korach: Leadership as Service
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If you seek to understand an accusation, look at the accuser, not the accused. Think, for example, about one of the most famous of anti-Semitic myths: The Protocols of the Elders of Zion (the classic account is Norman Cohn’s Warrant for Genocide; more recently the distinguished Israeli jurist Hadassa Ben Itto published her own account, […]
Parshat Korach: Power Versus Influence
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Korach 30th Sivan 5767 THE KORACH REBELLION WAS AN UNHOLY ALLIANCE OF INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS unhappy with Moses’ leadership. There was Korach himself, a member of the tribe of Levi, angry (according to Rashi) that he had not been given a more prominent role. There were the Reubenites, Datan and Aviram, who resented the fact […]
Parshat Korach: The Crown Everyone Can Wear
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Pinchas – 19th July 2008 – 16th Tammuz 5768 MIDRASH IS, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THE ABILITY TO LISTEN TO THE TORAH’S SILENCES. Sometimes they contain great dramas. What is the meaning of Abraham’s silence as he rides for three days with Isaac, toward the mountain and the great trial? Or of Isaac, as he lies […]