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Parashat Korach (June 24, 2017)
by Bettijane Eisenpreis

THE STORY OF KORACH ALWAYS HAS PUZZLED ME. Korach is a Levite, a cousin of Moses and Aaron. When he asks to be included in the leadership of the community, he does have a point. Aren’t the Levites the priests? And isn’t Korach a Levite, and thus a priest and a leader? Yet, when Korach and his co-conspirators challenge Moses, the earth opens up and swallows him, his extended family and all their possessions. Oops!

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