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The perfect color combination - Korach

Thursday, 4 July, 2019 - 7:49 am

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The printer in our university’s dorms where I live, only prints in black and white. It prints all the other colors in grey, and the pictures do not come out nice…

We can manage with such a printer, but what about people who function like this? Who have a simplistic vision of the world, everything is either black or white, good or bad.

In this week’s Parasha, Korach became jealous when he saw several of his relatives, such as Moses and Aharon, taking up important positions in the leadership of the Jewish nation, while he himself did not get anything. The drop that overflowed the glass and led Korach to rebel against Moses, was the story of the spies, which we read last week.

The spies wanted to stay in the desert. They preferred to devote themselves to the study of the Torah, something they would not be able to do in Israel: they would need to cultivate the land there, whereas in the desert they ate the Manna without any work. Moses explained to them that the most important and the final goal is the action, not the study.

At that point, Korach asked himself: if the study was the most important thing, then clearly Moses and Aharon should be the leaders, as their Torah knowledge is greater. But if action is what matters, then why should Moses be better than the others? Everyone eats the same Matsah, wears the same Tsitsit and lights the same candles of Shabbat. There is no difference among them.

The mistake of Korach and of the spies was that they went to extremes. On the one hand, the spies gave emphasis to the study and the lofty feelings and dismissed the action. Korach on the other hand, thought that a simple technical action was enough, dismissing the study and the feeling, the kavana.

The correct path is the middle path. A beautiful combination of the technical action with intention and feeling. Not everything in life is either back or white… we need both.

Let’s think about some important action that we do daily and that we could enrich with thought and feeling. A gift without any thought or feeling does not have a lot of value…

Let’s think about a thought or a feeling that are not expressed in this material world and let’s reveal it with actions. Love without actions does not have a lot of value…

The success of the right combination of action and feeling is the most beautiful thing, like a beautifully colored picture.

Shabbat Shalom,


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