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When truth is sacrificed to power
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What was wrong with Korach and his fellow rebels? On the face of it, what they said was both true and principled. “You have gone too far,” they said to Moses and Aaron. “The whole community is holy, every one of them, and God is with them. Why then are you setting yourselves above God’s […]
Dialogue with the Divine During Korach’s Rebellion
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Introduction Abundant Ambiguity After accusing Moshe and Aharon of raising themselves above the nation of Israel (“עֲדַת יִשְׂרָאֵל”), Korach and his 250 men (“קֹרַח וְכׇל עֲדָתוֹ“) assemble at the Mishkan to participate in the incense test, designed to establish who has been chosen by Hashem. The Torah then records a series of verses which include […]
No Man Is an Island
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…Ain’t it good to know that you’ve got a friend? – Carole King Passion. Hubris. Foolishness. When is a man’s charge to war a “call of righteousness” and when is it ego? Men all too often become consumed with their passions to right a perceived slight; all too often set afire by their quest for […]
Parshat Sh’lach 5775
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The Sin of the Spies Not only from more than 3300 years ago, but – sadly – alive and well and repeated today. And a comment or two about the US not recognizing Israeli sovereignty over any of Jerusalem
Assembling Reminders
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You are driving ever so slightly above the speed limit. You see a police car in your rear view mirror. You slow down. You know perfectly well that it is wrong to exceed the speed limit whether anyone is watching or not, but being human, the likelihood of being found out and penalized makes a […]