Parasha: Korakh

Who Was Korakh?

During the forty years in the wilderness, Moses faced a number of challenges to his leadership. Some arose out of our ancestors’ sense of loss and deprivation. Others centered on issues of policy. The most threatening of these challenges, however, was the constitutional crisis brought about by Korakh’s attempt to

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Why Did Korah Rebel?

The tale of Korah’s rebellion at the beginning of this eponymous parsha is so compelling, that we are usually distracted from either delving farther in to its subsequent passages, or, more significantly, from questioning the rectitude of its outcome. Never mind that there were at least two other rebellious figures

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Who Has The Authority To Change Judaism?

In his well-known 1936 commentary on the Torah, popularly referred to as the “Hertz Humash”, Dr. J. H. Hertz refers to this week’s Torah portion, “Korach”, as “The Great Mutiny”. Rabbi Gunther Plaut, writing in the Reform movement’s recent commentary on the Torah, calls these chapters “The Rebellion of Korach,

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Leadership

This week’s parasha is Korah. It takes it’s name from that of Moses’ fellow from the tribe of Levi, Korah, who attempted to lead a rebellion against Moses. Korah led the rebellion because he believed that Moses and Aaron were claiming to be holier than the rest of the community.

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