Posted by: mosesfromsinai | June 20, 2011

Korach – Korach

This week’s Torah reading is Korach. Korach deals with the potential rebellion that Moshe and Aaron had to deal with, Their cousin, Korach, was challenging their leadership.

It is important to note that Korach never challenged the miracles that took place under the leadership of Moshe and Aaron.  He recognized their holiness.  It was just that he was holy and unique as well and should have a role in leadership.

The Torah reading concludes with the commandments of giving Terumah and Maaser to the Cohen and Levi, (dedicating a portion what we earn for holiness).

Perhaps a reason why these commandments are placed in this Parsha of Korach is to remove the negative attitude that Korach developed.  Simply put he let his ego get the best of him.  He became jealous and coveted leadership.  When an individual gives away a portion of what was earned through hard work, it is really a form of saying “Thank You” to the Al-mighty.  The person acknowledges that the blessings come from above.  Had Korach seen this clearly, he would never have ended up swallowed in a pit.

The way to avoid a pitfall is to acknowledge the blessings that we are given.

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