As I write this article in my office in Ottawa, my mind is elsewhere. I am preparing for my annual trip to New York City where I will be spending Shabbat in the proximity of the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s resting place. Thousands of men, women and children will gather to mark his yahrzeit, the date of his passing. This year, his date of passing will correspond with the Shabbat in which Jews around the globe will be reading the Torah portion of Korach.
Korach was a villain. He was a charismatic figure from a royal family. Indeed, he was Moses’ cousin. Yet, he gathered hundreds of other Jewish leaders and created a rebellion. He challenged Moses’ authority. “Why was Moses in a role of undisputed leadership,” he thundered, “and who gave him the right to select his brother Aaron to serve as high priest?” [Read more…]