('ויקח קרח בן יצהר בן קהת בן לוי... (טז' א
Korach son of Izhar son of Kohas son of Levi took…

Blinded!

Korach had many outstanding qualities. He hailed from a distinguished family, was a talmid chacham, possessed extraordinary wealth, and was a very wise man. How then could he have fallen so low to accuse Moshe of selfishly taking power and prestige for himself, especially after the Torah testifies about Moshe, “Now the man Moshe was exceedingly humble, more than any person on the face of the earth.”? How could he possibly accuse him of possessing the contemptible trait of arrogance?!
There are two types of people; there are givers - people who are constantly looking for opportunities to where they can give and assist others. Then there are takers - people who are continuously looking how to further add to their possessions, how to satisfy their own needs and how to obtain more honor. The latter are never satisfied; they always desire more. The Parsha, right at the beginning informs us what the root of Korach’s downfall was: Vayikach Korach- Korach was a taker

; he wanted more honor for himself. He was already a Levi but that wasn’t enough, he wanted more. He wanted to have a prominent communal position and was jealous of the honor that Moshe and Aharon were getting. He knew no bounds and did whatever he could to obtain that honor, even if it meant starting a rebellion against Moshe.

When one is self-centered, and has a specific desire, his intellect gets corrupted and he can’t think rationally. He gets blinded by the desire and will do anything to attain it. All Korach was able to focus on was achieving a rank of special importance, which caused him to lower himself and do everything he could to achieve his goal. The gemara refers to the mosquito as a “puny creature”. The gemara explains, that it is called a “puny creature” since it has an opening through which food is ingested, but it does not have an outlet through which waste is excreted. Chazal are relating to us;

someone who only takes in and doesn’t give out is called a tiny creature!

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