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KORACH

“Now Korach the son of Yitz’har, the son of K’hat, the son of Levi, along with Datan and Aviram, the sons of Eli’av, and On, the son of Pelet, descendants of Re’uven, took men and 2 rebelled against Moshe. Siding with them were 250 men of Isra’el, leaders of the community, key members of the council, men of reputation.” B’midbar (Numbers) 16:1-2

The Four Rebellions: Four separate rebellions are mentioned in this parashah: Korach against Aaron; Datan and Aviram against Moses, the tribal chiefs against Aaron, and finally, the entire community against Moses. The chief conspirator, however, was Korach, a member of the Kohathite clan who appears to be involved in all four of the rebellious movements.

Korach was a cousin of Moses who rationalized that he should be the head of the Kohathite clan (instead of his cousin Elzaphan), since he was the firstborn of Kohath’s second son, whereas Elzaphan was not even a firstborn son. According to tradition, Korach was accustomed to power in Egypt as an official of Pharaoh and was extremely wealthy.

Here is a condensed genealogy of Levi that indicates some of the relationships within the tribe:

Tradition also says that “Korach argued: My father was one of four brothers; as it says, “And the sons of Kehat: Amrom, and Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel” (Exodus 6:18). As for Amram, the firstborn, his son Aaron attained to greatness and Moses to royalty. Who then should rightly take the next office? Is it not the next in line? Now I, being the son of Izhar, should by right be the leader of the Kohathites, yet Moses appointed the son of Uzziel! Shall the son of the youngest of my father’s brothers be superior to me? Behold, I shall dispute his decision and put to naught all that has been arranged by him.”

Korach’s co-conspirators were two brothers named Datan and Aviram from the tribe of Reuben, Israel’s firstborn son. Since traditionally the firstborn son obtained the leadership of the people, these tribal leaders would have resented Moses’ leadership of Israel.

The parashah begins with Korach and 250 leaders of Israel confronting Moses and Aaron: “You take too much on yourselves! After all, the entire community is holy, every one of them, and Adonai is among them. So why do you lift yourselves up above Adonai’s assembly?”

Moses then fell on his face and challenged Korach and his company to offer the sacred incense at the Holy of Holies in the Tabernacle the following morning. If their incense was accepted, that would prove their worthiness for the Aaronic priesthood.

To establish his credibility as the leader of the people (instead of the heads of the tribe of Reuben), Moses then called for Datan and Aviram, but they refused to meet with him. Moreover, they sent messages that accused Moses of deceiving the people.

The following morning, Korach and the 250 leaders of Israel appeared before the Tabernacle with their fire pans, ready to offer the incense. The whole assembly of Israel stood nearby and watched the power encounter unfold. But the Shechinah glory of the LORD suddenly appeared and the LORD spoke to Aaron and Moses saying that He would now destroy the people in an instant. But they fell upon their faces and said: “O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and will you be angry with all the congregation?”

The LORD then told them to instruct all the people to move away from the surroundings of Korach, Datan, and Aviram. Moses then went before the tents of his rivals Datan and Aviram and affirmed that the LORD had chosen him to lead Israel. He then pronounced the LORD’s judgment and the earth swallowed them up alive.

Then “fire from the LORD” went forth and consumed the 250 men who offered incense. The LORD then instructed Eliazar, the son of Aaron, to collect the fire pans which the 250 men offered the incense and hammer them into plates as a covering of the altar. This was to serve as a warning that no one who is not of the family of Aaron should presume to come and offer incense at the altar, lest they suffer the fate of Korach.