Korah

Earth song

As a result of his rebellion, Korach is swallowed up by the ground, to remain there indefinitely, chanting ‘Moshe emes ve’Toraso emes.’

It is a basic principle that all punishments are midah ke’negged midah; the punishment matches the crime perfectly. So how was the earth-swallowing punishment connected to Korach’s…

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Real hearing

After Korach spits out his rebellious barrage against Moshe and Aharon, the pasuk says (16:4) ‘and Moshe heard.’ What do these words mean; of course Moshe heard (he was not deaf) - what is the pasuk telling us? The idea is that Moshe looked deeper and understood where Korach’s claim…

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Korach

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The fine line between a kosher and a non-kosher dispute

Parshas Korach; The Fine Line of Dispute : With the number of psukim in our sedra being equivalent to the numerical value of my name, I feel a certain connection to parshas Korach (or perhaps it’s because I’m just argumentative!). Our sedra deals principally with the rebellion of Korach and…

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A sustainable level of kedusha [kohannim vs leviim]

The main part of our sedra deals with the dispute ignited by Korach with its destructive consequences. The final perek deals with the various ‘gifts’ which are to be given on a regular basis to Kohannim or Leviim (depending on the gift); terumah to a Kohen and ma’aser to a…

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in machlokes, anything goes

I heard the following from Rav Osher Wiess. The Chidushei HaRim asks why Korach picked on an argument that Moshe was 'raising himself over the kahal of HaShem' (16;3) if HaShem had said Himself that Moshe was the most humble person that lived (12;3); if Korach is going to make…

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the wrong outlook

In his argument, Korach says the words 'the people are all holy' (16;3). This was part of his faulty outlook on life, for HaShem tells Bnei Yisrael that they 'shall/will be holy' (vayikra 19;2). In other words, Korach is hinting that it is enough to think one is holy now,…

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The Korach argument exposed

The bulk of this week’s sedra is about the rebellion of Korach and his followers. Now, when one learns the sedra as a child, one thinks ‘Korach is a baddy’ and Moshe is the ‘goody’ and Korach wanted power and was stopped. Whilst one must start somewhere in order to…

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