Numbers 16:1 - 18:32

Isaiah 66:1 - 66:24 | Shabbat Rosh Chodesh

In this Torah portion, Korach and his followers accuse Moses and Aaron of taking power and prestige for themselves at the expense of the community. Moses defends himself against the rebels by saying that the Lord will make God’s presence known by how God kills these rebels. Then God opens the ground and swallows Korach and his followers.

FULL SUMMARY

Selfish Revolution

Korah and his followers masked their quest for personal power and gain as a desire for an egalitarian, democratic society.

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