“Then Moses said to Aaron, “Take the fire pan, and put on it fire from the altar. .. take it quickly to the community and make expiation for them. For wrath has gone forth from יהוה: the plague has begun!” (Numbers 17:11) Moses teaches us a great lesson here. True leaders should first and foremost protect the people. Even from God.
Tag Archive for: Korach – קֹרַח
Korach, the “evil hero” of our portion, makes a political and a spiritual claim against the “good heroes “Moses and Aaron.
The Political claim is – why did you take all the power for yourselves, and you do not share it with anyone else? The spiritual claim is the entire community is Holy so why are you pretending to be the only “holy” people worthy of getting close to the Divine and officiating all the sacred work of Adonai.
The answer is grounded in the Hebrew grammar. Adonai calls on the entire community saying to us “you shall be Holy for I Adonai am Holy.”
You shall – in the future, you are not holy yet. No person is holy. At best we are trying to achieve holiness in our lives through acts of lovingkindness towards one another. We are all on the way, trying to be there, but we all are not yet what we should and ought to be.
Parsha Korach – קֹרַח Torah Summary:Korach and his followers, Dathan and Abiram, lead a rebellion against the leadership of Moses and Aaron. God punishes the rebels by burying them and their families alive. Once again, God brings a plague on the people. (16:1-17:15) The chief of each tribe deposits his staff inside the Tent of Meeting. Aaron’s staff brings forth sprouts, produces blossoms, and bears almonds. (17:16-26) The Kohanim and Levites are established and assigned the responsibility of managing the donations to the Sanctuary. All of the firstborn offerings shall go to the priests and all the tithes are designated for the Levites in return for the services they perform. (18:1-32) Korach – קֹרַח
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