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Beit Midrash Torah Portion and Tanach Korach

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Parasha Summary - Korach

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Our Sedra deals with the infamous rebellion of Korach, Datan, Aviram & various other malcontents against Korach’s illustrious cousins Moshe & Ahron. Korach contends that Moshe & Ahron have grabbed too much glory & power for themselves. When reconciliation fails, Moshe sets up a test: Ahron & the rebels are to offer ketoret (incense) to G-d; only one will have their offering accepted, the others will die an unusual death. Hashem then causes the earth to open & swallowing Korach, while the other rebels
are consumed by a flame.

Moshe prevents a plague from breaking out among the general populace, many of whom sympathized with Korach. Ahron’s staff miraculously blooms into almond blossoms, & his role as Kohen Gadol is reaffirmed.

The Torah details the various gifts given to the Kohanim, & the obligation to support the Leviim with ma’aser, a tenth of the crops of the Land.
Rabbi Stewart Weiss
Was ordained at the Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Illinois, and led congregations in Chicago and Dallas prior to making Aliyah in 1992. He directs the Jewish Outreach Center in Ra'anana, helping to facilitate the spiritual absorption of new olim.
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