Parashat Korach


Numbers 16:1 - 18:32

I Samuel 11:14 - 12:22

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.


Between Chaos and Order

The biblical narrative of Korach's rebellion offers a deep lesson about how to emerge from challenging times.

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Finding Ourselves Through Others

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To Serve With Distinction

Korach's rebellion was based on his inability to appreciate the value of diversity and distinctiveness.

Anger Management

God punished Korah for his inability to channel his anger into productive protest.

Institutionalizing Freedom

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Selfish Revolution

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The Morning After

Following the deaths of Korach and his followers, Aaron stands between the Angel of Death and the Israelites.

Reflect Before You Respond

Moses' response to Korach's challenge teaches us to reflect on our own actions in any situation of conflict or anger.

Between the Living and the Dead

How Parashat Korach demonstrates extraordinary people doing extraordinary things.

Oppression and Action

Vengeance cannot be the response to violence.

Authority and Dissent

The Torah articulates norms about legitimate dissent and authority's reasonable response to it.

Causing Crisis

Korah's rebellion was unforgivable because he created disunity among the Jewish people.

Different Leaders For Different Times

While Korach's rebellion was inappropriate in the context of newly freed slaves in the wilderness, his challenges speak to us powerfully today.

Parashat Korach: Running Toward Death

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A Failed Rebellion

This biblical power structure — and struggle — in Korach may offend our democratic sensibilities.

Renewing a Relationship

Reaching out is a risk that comes with a big potential reward.

Jealousy Makes Us Foolish

There is almost always a deeper, inner insecurity that is causing the jealousy.

When Your Child Rebels

Korach: A resource for parents.

Haftarah for Korach

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Parashat Korach: Summary

Korach and his followers rebel against Moses' and Aaron's leadership and are killed; God instructs Aaron regarding laws of the priesthood.