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Our Shul is Open for Shabbat Morning Services!!!
Saturday, June 11th @10AM

Please join us for Shacharit & Torah Service
& Lite-Kiddush (
i.e. a L'Chaim & Pre-packaged Snack until our Kitchen is fully operational; hopefully very soon!)

Main Ideas in Korach: (Numbers 16:1-18:32) Korach refuses to accept the leadership of Moses & Aaron. Korach and his assembly are killed by an earthquake.

In Judaism, we acknowledge the duality of the human condition, we have both an inclination to do "good", Yetzer HaTov, and we have the inclination to do "bad", the Yetzer HaRa. 

As to how/why Korach separated himself from Moses. Korach attempted to reduce Torah Laws that were supposed to elevate humanity to a Divinely enlightened state of behaviors. Many of these Laws, are illogical, even irrational; yet, they make us stop...and THINK before acting. As Jews, we are a colorful spectrum of a communal "belief muscle", where some believe implicitly and some belief muscles are in atrophy; nonetheless, we all amazingly say, "we are part of the Jewish People".

The competing forces of Yetzer HaTov and Yetzer HaRa exemplify the true character of Moses (whose other name is TuvYa, from the word Tov meaning Good) and the true character of Korach, whose name is like Kerach, meaning "ice", which can both freeze and burn us. 

Rebbe Nachman of Brezlov wrote that these 2 forces were always battling for supremacy within the Jew. The Yetzer HaTov was always trying to elevate to a Divine level and the Yetzer HaRa was trying to conceal the truth of decency.

When we observe the Laws, for which there is no rational/logical explanation (e.g. wearing a thread of blue on our Tzitzit or Kashrut (Dietary Laws), we tap into a humility in the human spirit that says, "I don't know, nor do I understand everything".

Korach and his minions represent a disconnection from the Jewish People. They are swallowed up in a crevice of an earthquake.

Whether you believe this result for Korach literally or metaphorically, there is a lesson for all, in this Shabbat's study of Pirkei Avot 4 (Ethics of the Fathers 4) with regard to Moses acting humbly, and Korach acting the boastfully:

Pirkei Avot 4 Ben Zoma said: Who is wise? He who learns from every person, as it is said: “From all who taught me have I gained understanding” (Psalms 119:99). Who is mighty? He who subdues his [evil] inclination, as it is said: “He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that rules his spirit than he that takes a city” (Proverbs 16:32). Who is rich? He who rejoices in his lot, as it is said: “You shall enjoy the fruit of your labors, you shall be happy and you shall prosper” (Psalms 128:2) “You shall be happy” in this world, “and you shall prosper” in the world to come. Who is he that is honored? He who honors his fellow human beings as it is said: “For I honor those that honor Me, but those who spurn Me shall be dishonored” (I Samuel 2:30).

Shabbat Shalom,

Danny

 

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