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פרשת קורח
Rosh Chodesh
 Prepared by Rabbi Stephen Texon
Dear Friends,

Our Parasha this week, "Korach", is the most politically charged of any Torah portion. Open rebellion against the authority and legitimacy of Moses himself as G-d's chosen leader of the Israelites, and that of his brother Aaron as the High Priest.  Korach, a fellow Levite and cousin of Moses and Aaron decides to literally overthrow Moses with an army of 250 men, even coercing support from the tribe of Reuben who was the first born of Jacob, believing that they too were thus supreme. Even Moses' sharing of leadership responsibilities with the 70 elders who served as judges and mediators to assist and council Moses, did not satisfy the jealous and power hungry Korah who insisted on "mutiny" as the solution to seizing power. 

Korach incited and created open rebellion for the sake of his own power fueled by extreme jealousy. He masked his true opportunistic motives with accusations of "Holier Than Thou" religious attacks against Moses and Aaron. This was an evil rebellion and NOT a civilized Holy rebellion as Korach wanted the people to believe. He advocated equal standing in holiness of all the people, but HE was to be the supreme ruler. This is demagoguery at it's worst, using populist claims to disguise ruthless self interest, which ultimately leads to a dictatorship. Well, the earth opened up and literally swallowed Korach and his fanatical followers alive!! 

Was Korach the first left wing radical in Jewish History? Something very serious to ponder as we witness the political/religious motives and strategies of our own day!! 

Shabbat Shalom and Chodesh Tov!
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