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The enemies of Moses and Aharon - Korach

Thursday, 25 June, 2020 - 9:21 am

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Someone acted against you. A higher authority got involved in order to punish him. How would you react?

In the weekly Torah portion Korach, Korach swayed hundreds of Jews to rebel against Moses’ and Aaron’s authority. G-d was angry and wanted to punish them severely. How do you think Moses and Aharon reacted?

They asked G-d to not punish all the rebels, since the rebellion was started by Korach only and the rest of them simply got carried away.

Of course, the fact that they got carried away is not an excuse. A person should be strong enough and do the right thing even under social pressure. Nevertheless, Moses and Aaron asked that only the leader of the rebels gets punished and that the rest, who merely got influenced, shall be forgiven. This distinction, of who initiated the rebellion and who got carried away, is something that only G-d, who knows the thoughts of every one of us, can make.

Wow. Even though this is about the people who rebelled against them, Moses and Aaron pray for them and try to justify them. Among those that they try to defend are Datan and Aviram. Both were known troublemakers that were involved in every complaint, protest, and fight against Moshe, even back in Egypt. Yet, they prayed even for them, saying that they were just carried away.

There is so much we can learn from Moses’ and Aaron’s example. They searched to find the good, even in the people who opposed them on a personal level. There is usually a way to understand and justify the other, without necessarily agreeing with him/her.

Today, Thursday 3 Tamuz, is the anniversary of the passing of the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory. The Rebbe always saw the good, but also the potential in every one. On such a day, let us think how we can emulate the example of the Rebbe, seeing the good in everyone around us and keeping the Mitzvot to bring Moshiach now!

Shabbat Shalom!

Hanna

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