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Issue 1047
Shabbat Parshat Korach
June 06, 2013
Lead Tidbits
Guest Article

From the pen of Rabbi Berel Wein - Reprinted from Shabbat Shalom #4 with permission

Moshe, who is known as a person of limitless patience and tolerance, forgiving to all and the most humble of all humans, reacts apparently in an uncharacteristic manner to Korach’s attack against his leadership of the Jewish people.

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Guest Article

Korach's Sons' Proper Path to Teshuva

“And Korach separated himself with Datan and Aviram… and On the son of Pelet…” (Bamidbar 16:1).
In his revolt against the authority of Moshe and Aharon, Korach was supported by Datan and Aviram and by On b. Pelet. This opening verse of Parshat Korach is the only place where On ben Pelet is mentioned

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Aliya-by-Aliya Sedra Summary

Aliya-by-Aliya Sedra Summary

[P> X:Y (Z)] and [S> X:Y (Z)] indicate start of a parsha p’tucha or s’tuma. X:Y is Perek:Pasuk of the beginning of the parsha; (Z) is the number of p’sukim in the parsha.

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Sedra Stats

Korach stats

38th of the 54 sedras;
5th of 10 in Bamidbar

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Lead Tidbit

Uniting the Twins (again)

In this week’s sedra, we read of the devastating episode of the failed Korach rebellion. Maybe the worst part was not what Korach did or the deaths of the 250 Ketoret bringers or the Earth’s swallowing Datan and Aviram and other rebels and their families…

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Other Tidbits
TTriddles "Report"

TTriddles

are Torah Tidbits-style riddles on Parshat HaShavua (sometimes on the calendar). They are found in the hard-copy of TT scattered throughout, usually at the bottom of different columns. In the electronic versions of TT, they are found all together at the end of the ParshaPix-TTriddles section. The best solution set submitted each week (there isn’t always a best) wins a double prize a CD from Noam Productions and/or a gift (game, puzzle, book, etc.) from Big Deal

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ParshaPix Explanations

Parsha Pix

Upper-left is the scene after the earth split open and swallowed Korach’s gang
To its right is the fire that consumed the 250 incense-offerers
Continuing to the right, we find a photo of one of the Pidyon HaBen coins minted by the State of Israel

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Divrei Menachem

Divrei Menachem

When our rabbis tell us that the narrative of the Torah transcends time and space, we should better believe them. For does not much of the Korach rebellion sound familiar to us today? True, we cannot say that there are people currently protesting in the shadow of events that mirror the Sin of the Spies or plagues divinely delivered upon the people. Yet one does currently sense a certain similarity between this story and the current race for spiritual leadership in Israeli society.

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"From Machon Puah"

New Techniques in In-Vitro Fertilization - Rabbi Elyashiv's Opinion

Sir Robert Edwards recently passed away after having received a belated but well-deserved Nobel Prize in Medicine for his pioneering work that resulted in the first successful birth of a child through in-vitro fertilization. Louise Brown was born in London on July 25th, 1978 and since then this technology has been successfully used resulting in the birth of over 5 million children world-wide.

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Portion of the Portion

Good Neighbors

This week’s portion begins with Korach from the tribe of Levi instigating a fight with Moshe. He complained that Moshe was taking too much power for himself and his family.

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Parsha Points to Ponder

Parsha Points to Ponder - Korach

1) Why does the Torah relate that MOSHE HEARD (VAYISHMA MOSHE) what Korach and his cohorts said (16:4)? Isn’t it obvious that he heard what they said before responding?

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Chizuk and Idud

CHIZUK and IDUD for Olim not yet Olim respectively

Korach rises up against Moshe arguing that “The whole congregation - they all are holy…. why, therefore, do you lift yourselves above the assembly of the Lord?” (Bamidbar 16:3). Korach’s basic claim is that all Jews are equal. Therefore, Moshe and Aharon should be no different than the simple wood-cutter.

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Vebbe Rebbe

After-Bracha for Fruit

Question: I will be touring France, and our group will be doing wine tasting with wine that has no hashgacha. Is it permitted to taste the wine if I spit it out thereafter?

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Word of the Month

Word of the Month

A weekly feature of Torah Tidbits to help clarify practical and conceptual aspects of the Jewish Calendar, thereby better fulfilling the mitzva of HaChodesh HaZeh Lachem…

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Sedra Stats

38th of the 54 sedras;
5th of 10 in Bamidbar

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Word of the Month

First op for KL for Tamuz is TUE night, June 11th, after 9:12pm. First op for 7-day people: Motza"Sh, June 15th - after 9:12pm. Because 9:12 is later than when most regular Maariv minyanim will finish davening, one will either have to say KL alone or with whomever you convince to get together with you.
Those whose practice is to say KL on Motza"Sh, but are not makpid to wait 7 full days, can say KL on that Motza"Sh without having to delay until 9:12pm.
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Shabbat Rosh Chodesh: The first day of (Tishrei), Macheshvan, Shvat, Adar, Adar Alef, Adar Bet, Nissan, Iyar, and Av can fall on Shabbat. The 30th day of Kislev, Sivan, Av can fall on Shabbat.
R"Ch Kislev and Sivan cannot fall on Shabbat.