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Better They Learn from Me…
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Conflict resolution is one of the most important tasks in human relations at every level. Open up any newspaper, and you will read of school children bullying each other, of married couples who are in bitter conflict, of political parties enmeshed in verbal warfare, and of nations literally at war. What are some of the […]
Questions Have Answers — Answers Don’t Have Answers (Las Preguntas Tienen Respuestas – Las Respuestas No Tienen Respuestas)
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“Korach the son Yizhar, son of Kahas, son of Levi, separated himself with Dathan and Aviram, the sons of Eliav, and On of Peleth, the offspring of Reuvain.” — Bamidbar 16:1 Korach’s rebellion The parshah opens up with Korach gathering together 250 men of stature and mounting a rebellion against Moshe and HASHEM. Rashi explains […]
Countering the Cunningness
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Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com. Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein             Our parsha begins by listing the main protagonists in a rebellion against the leadership of Moshe Rabbenu. First is the name of the instigator, Korach ben Yitzhar. His name is followed by the names of three other leaders of the rebellion, Dathan and Avirom, […]
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 […]
Awareness Amidst the Abyss
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AWARENESS AMIDST THE ABYSS: PARSHAT KORACH Shira Smiles shiur 2015/5775 Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein             Parshat Korach recounts the rebellion of Korach, Dothan, Aviram and 250 men against the leadership of Moshe, and then reports the terrible punishment Hashem meted out to them – the earth would open its “mouth”, swallow them and all […]
Hierarchy and Politics: The Never-Ending Story
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It was a classic struggle for power. The only thing that made it different from the usual dramas of royal courts, parliamentary meetings or corridors of power was that it took place in Burgers’ Zoo in Arnhem, Holland, and the key characters were male chimpanzees. Frans de Waal’s study, Chimpanzee Politics,1 has rightly become a classic. In […]