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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 […]
Korach 5769: Juggling Jealousy
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In this shiur on Parshat Korach, Mrs. Shira Smiles analyzes Korach’s downfall, and how to balance positive jealousy, which spurs one to greater heights, and unhealthy comparisons, which result in disparaging others without self-improvement.
Fools Rush In
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And Korach, the son of Yitzhar, the son of K’hat, the son of Leyve, with Datan and Aviram, the sons of Eliav, and Ohn, the son of Pelet, sons of Reuven, took men and they rose up before of Moshe, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty men.  They were princes […]