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Parshas Korach
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בארצם לא תנחל וחלק לא יהיה לך בתוכם    יח:כ The Rambam counts two separate lavin (based on the Sifri): that Shevet Levi is not allowed to take a nachalah (portion of the land), and that Shevet Levi is not allowed to take from the bizah (spoils) as the land is being conquered (Sefer Ha’Mitzvos, Lav […]
Korach’s $$$
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If one could pinpoint Korach’s downfall, what was it? The midrash says that the tw0 richest people in history were Korach and Haman. They also experienced the greatest downfalls. What is the connection? Download the mekorot here Shiur provided courtesy of Torah Anytime
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. […]