41 Korach

         וַיִּקַּח קֹרַח בֶּן־יִצְהָר בֶּן־קְהָת בֶּן־לֵוִי וְדָתָן וַאֲבִירָם בְּנֵי אֱלִיאָב וְאוֹן בֶּן־פֶּלֶת בְּנֵי רְאוּבֵן׃

Now Korah the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, with Dathan and Abiram the sons of Eliab, and On the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men;

Shabbat

Name

Parasha

Haftora

Brit Chadasha

July 2nd, 2022

Korach
“Courage”

Numbers 16:1-18:32

1 Sam. 11:14-12:22

2 Tim.2:8-21
Jude 1-25

 

Contentiousness, dissent, and upheaval mark the opening of Parashat Korah. Dissatisfied with his status among the Israelite people, Korah leads a rebellion against the leadership of Moses, claiming, “You have gone too far! For all the community are holy, all of them and the Lord is in their midst. Why then do you raise yourselves above the Lord’s congregation?” Though the well-known assault by Korach together with Datan, Aviram,  and 250 community leaders on Moses and Aaron’s leadership. Korach masks his claim in the guise of promoting a more democratic approach, he and his cohorts are simply looking to usurp power for themselves. Far from being about inclusive, it is about their jealousy and exclusivity.  Korach attempt to arrogate himself into a position of power with classic manipulation of lies, accusation of secrecy in power and twice he falls on his face before Korach and before God trying to stop the rebellion and to prevent God from destroying the persistently disobedient Israelites. Moses said, “By the coming actions, you shall know it is the Lord who sent me and not my own doing.

The challenge leads to an “incense test”, tragically, Korah and his ilk are swallowed up by the earth.

The Parasha concludes with an entire chapter detailing the duties of the Levites, a helpful lesson in what structured, centered, authentic leadership looks like.