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An answer to the question, "If Moshe didn't merit to enter the Land of Israel, why should we?"
  • Letter of the Law
    Korach’s argument presupposes that it is the reason behind the Law and not the Law itself that is ultimately binding. Moses, on the other hand, derives the law matter-of-factedly, the reason behind it playing no role in its obligatoriness.
  • שיג ושיח
    Argument for the Sake of Heaven
    A Shiur by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks for the weekly Torah reading (out of Israel) of Korach.
  • Israel's Your Bride, Stay Faithful
    comparing our relationship to the Land of Israel with the relationship between a man and his wife. In keeping with the analogy presented by a famous kabbalist, encouraging all Jews to embrace our bride, the Land of Israel.
  • שיג ושיח
    How Not to Argue
    A Shiur by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks for the weekly Torah reading (in Israel) of Korach.
  • Giving and Living
    This week is a double-header: A few words about Korach (there was no parsha sheet last week & Korach is the parsha sheet outside of Israel; & some thoughts about Chukat, too!).
  • Are There Criteria for Rabbinical Judges in Israel? – part II
    Last week we saw that in addition to excellence in Torah knowledge, a dayan needs general knowledge, including in languages (Rambam, Sanhedrin 2). In Sanhedrin 2:7, the Rambam says: “And known by your tribes” – this teaches that the spirit of people must find them pleasant. “In what way will they be loved by others? When they possess a ‘good eye,’ a low spirit, they are good friends, and their speech and transactions with people are in a way that is pleasant.”
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