Numbers 16:1-18:32

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Korah 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 Korah and his followers.

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Korah & his followers were
swallowed up by the earth.

Text Studies

Social Action and Environmentalism

The Morning After
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Between the Living & the Dead
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Reflect Before You Respond
Rabbi Neal Loevinger, KOLEL


Oppression & Action
Evan Wolkenstein, AJWS


Finding Ourselves Through Others
Rabbi Douglas Krantz, Union for Reform Judaism
Authority & Dissent
Jack Silver, AJWS


Institutionalizing Freedom
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Consumption & Kedushah
Rabbi Yehudah Levi, Canfei Nesharim



From the Denominations

Pluralism and Outreach

To Serve With Distinction
Rabbi Bradley Artson, American Jewish University


The Power Struggle
Rabbi Rachel Cowan, Women of Reform Judaism


Causing Crisis
Rabbi Marc Penner, Orthodox Union


Crises of Leadership
Rabbi Kerry Olitzky, Big Tent Judaism


The Ultimate Self-Help Guide
Rabbi Marc Wolf, JTS


Different Leaders for Different Times
David Elcott, CLAL


Anger Management
Howard Wasserman, UJA-Federation of New York


Selfish Revolution
Rabbi Shimon Felix, Bronfman Youth Fellowships


Family and Fun

Parashat Korah for Families
Torah Topics for Today


Jealousy Makes Us Foolish
Torah Topics for Today


Renewing a Relationship
Torah Topics for Today


Parashat Korah Quiz
Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies


Parashat Korah Challah
Julie Seltzer


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