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Weekly Message 07.01.2022 Parashat Korach

Parashat Korach (Baldness, Ice, Hail, Frost) Numbers 16:1 - 18:22

HafTorah Samuel I 11:14 - 12:22



Dear friends,


As we begin the months of Tammuz 5782 and July 2022, we continue our reading from the Book of Bamidbar.


Last week we experienced the reports of the spies (Shlach Lecha) and this week, we will study the rebellion of Korach and his followers. We already know that the result of this turmoil is the decree that in addition to the only two spies who returned with an optimistic and positive report regarding the Promised Land, only those who were young children when the Israelites left Egypt and those born in the wilderness would live to cross into the land of Israel. In other words, only those who have shed the "slave mentality" and who are able to govern themselves and not rely on someone else to take complete care of them will succeed.


In this week's portion, frustrations come to a head as Korach leads a massive rebellion. This is different because it goes beyond the "qveching" over not having enough or better quality for things eat or drink. Rather it questions the leadership of Moses and Aaron and strikes to the heart over whether this generation of Hebrews is ready to take on the responsibility necessary to live as a free nation. We will discuss the conflicting traits of humility and arrogance and how we all need to recognize the difference between speaking for the people and personal arrogance. There are no better examples of this struggle than what is happening in today's world!


Please join us in-person or virtually on Zoom tonight at 7:30 pm and tomorrow morning at 9:30 am as we read and study these important concepts. This Shabbat, we observe several milestone events. Tonight, we celebrate Danielle Merkle's birthday with an Oneg that she is sponsoring and tomorrow, we rejoice with the Aufruf of Rebecca Price and Alex Baxter prior to their marriage next week. The Kiddush luncheon is being sponsored by "father of the bride" Ira Price and family. In addition, I am observing the Yahrzeit of my beloved father of blessed memory Beryl ben Yisroel Leib v Basha (Beryl Becker) and several of my family members will be Zooming in.

See you in shul and/or on my screen. !שבת שלום Ron


Ron Becker,

Spiritual Leader


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