This week in Torah

Parashah 38 Korach

July 02, 2022 – Korach (“Korah”) – Parshat 38

  • Torah: Numbers 16:1-18:32
  • Haftara: 1 Samuel 11:14-12:22
  • Brit Chadasha: Matthew 26:13-24

וַיִּקַּ֣ח קֹ֔רַח בֶּן־יִצְהָ֥ר בֶּן־קְהָ֖ת בֶּן־לֵוִ֑י וְדָתָ֨ן וַאֲבִירָ֜ם בְּנֵ֧י אֱלִיאָ֛ב וְא֥וֹן בֶּן־פֶּ֖לֶת בְּנֵ֥י רְאוּבֵֽן׃

Vayikach Korach ben-Yitshar ben-Kehat ben-Levi veDatan va’Aviram beney Eli’av ve’On ben-Pelet beney Re’uven.

Korach son of Yitz’har (a grandson of Kehoth and great-grandson of Levi) began a rebellion along with Dathan and Aviram (sons of Eliav) and On son of Peleth, descendants of Reuben.

“The LORD will show who is His”: Korach challenged the authority of Moshe, and Aharon, and even if they were chosen by Adonai to the positions of Prophet, Priest, and King. I believe Korach thought himself to be capable of being a popular leader with the nation. One able to lead them back from the wilderness to bondage in Egypt. After all had they not said “let us appoint a leader and return to Egypt” (Numbers 14:4) in last weeks reading. Korach saw himself as their deliverer from the judgement they brought upon themselves, (a false messiah so to speak) and as a result stood up against Almighty G-d, not Moshe.

Hashem confronts this wickedness with a challenge, and from it comes hope and confidence to all the faithful, trusting ones in the K’hilat (congregation).

“Tomorrow morning the LORD will show who is His, and who is holy, and will bring him near to Himself, even the one whom He will choose, He will bring him near to Himself”

“Rabbi Mosheh Teitelbaum, the Chasidic Rebbe of Ujhely, Hungary, observed that the statement contains unnecessary redundancies which seem to hint toward three different individuals.

1 Who is His

2 Who is holy

3 The one whom he will choose

The Rebbe explains that the three fold reference speaks of three crowns. The first The crown of Torah, second The crown of the priesthood, and finally The crown of royalty. “The LORD will show who is His,” this refers to Moshe and the crown of Torah. When the Torah says, “And who is holy, and will bring them near to himself,” this refers to Aaron and the crown of the priesthood. When it says, “Even the One whom He will choose, He will bring near to Himself,” this refers to Messiah and the crown of the kingdom of the house of David. In Messiah, all three crowns are reconciled into one. The deeper meaning of Shim’on bar Yochai’s words, “The crown of a good name excels them all.” Messiah wears the “crown of the good name” which excels and incorporates the other three crowns.     [First fruits of Zion, Shadows of Messiah, Book 4 Pg.800 – Yishmach Mosheh in Yalkut Moshiach: Shelach Korach, 340∫∫35]

Shalom Mish’pachah from Beth Hallel Lodi