Weekly Torah Portion

This week, in Israel, we read Parshat Korach, while in the Diaspora the Parsha before that, Shlach, will be read. I have always been intrigued by the connection between these two portions. Both are tragic stories: in Shlach, the spies sent by Moshe in preparation for the Israelite’s entering and taking possession of the Land of Israel fail miserably, and return to camp with a message of fear and defeatism: we can not defeat the Canaanites, we should go back to Egypt. In Korach, we read of the rebellion against Moshe and Aharon led by the Levite Korach.


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