Torah Portion: Korach (Numbers 16-18)
Pursuit of Peace
“But since you’re here all alone on the island,” they asked, “why do you have TWO synagogues?”
“Because,” replied the man, pointing to the buildings, “that’s the one I go to, and that’s the one I don’t!”
How to Avoid a Quarrel
Hammering Out the Truth
In Israel — where the issue of Jewish unity is most critical — much is being done to address the problem. Organizations like Gesher and Common Denominator run programs to bring together divergent groups — kibbutzniks with settlers, or secular with religious — to help discover that what unites us is ultimately greater than that which divides us.
How appropriate that the city of Jerusalem is actually a contraction of two words — Yeru-Shalem — “peace will be seen.”
May the Almighty bless us with the patience and sensitivity to avoid destructive arguments, and to accord proper respect to all.
The New Old Path
Look Who’s Talking
Whilst Moses did possess certain flaws, honour seeking was not one of them. The key to the Torah’s juxtaposition of the two primary protagonists was that whilst Korach needed to have what he wanted, Moses wanted what he had and the difference of these two positions is the key to contentment.
“No Man is an Island”
A. He felt embarrassed because he realized that he really hadn’t behaved properly.
A. Since everyone was behaving wildly, Yitz didn’t want to feel left out and went along with the crowd.
A. Because being part of the crowd was more important to him that doing what was right. People tend to act like most of the people around them. That is called peer pressure.
A. Since the rest of the boys in that group wouldn’t be acting that way, Yitz wouldn’t have felt tempted to misbehave.
A. It means that a person’s “environment” — i.e. who and what surrounds him — can really affect his personality and the way he acts.
A. Yes. Since we still have free choice not to behave like those around us. Perhaps the best choice is for a person to put himself in a better environment if he’s able to do so. This would make it much easier to behave the right way.
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