Parashah Roundup: Korach 5771

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Rav Soloveitchik discusses  the roots and motives behind the common sense rebellion against the authority of Moshe Rabbeinu: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio)

  • R Mosheh Lichtenstein, based on the views of Ramban ( as explained by Rav Solooveitchik ZL), and the Netziv, discusses the timing of the revolt of Korach and the nature of Korach’s allies: link
  • R Berel Wein analyzes why Moshe Rabbeinu took such a strong stance against Korach: link
  • R Hershel Schachter underscores the necessity of being able to distingusih between the necessity of Emunas Chachamim, learning Torah in a manner in which the Halacha is formulated in a precise manner, as opposed to believing in nonsense: link
  • R Hershel Schachter and R Mayer Twersky  emphasize respecting the role of the Chachmei HaMesorah in every generation of formulating the Halacha: link 1, link 2
  • The Nesivos Shalom, ZL, as explicated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, explains why Korach was punished so severely: link
  • R Yitzchak Etshalom investigates why Moshe Rabbeinu chose a test based upon the Ketores and the Anan: link
  • R Yissocher Frand, based on the commentary of the Netziv, contrasts the advice dispensed by the wives of Korach and On Ben Peles: link
  • R Shlomoh Riskin explains why Korach’s message erred in assuming that all who stood at Har Sinai reached the same level of spiritual development as each other or as Moshe Rabbeinu: link
  • R Ephraim Buchwald discusses why Aharon HaKohen’s staff bloomed: link
  • R Sir Jonathan Sacks suggests that Korah erred in viewing leadership as rooted in status, power, dominance, and superiority: link
  • R Mordecahi Willig examines the personalities and roles of Dasan and Aviram in the revolt of Korach: link
  • R Yonasan Sacks, based on an interpretation of R Asher Weiss, illustrates how the transgression of the spies and rebellion of Korach, were caused by an improper application of the Midos of water and fire: link
  • R Asher Brander explains why Moshe Rabbeinu’s leadership reflected a tension between being part of and apart from his people: link
  • R Avigdor Nevenzal discusses how Korach and his allies were influenced by their being “Nogea Badavar., and why there is no such thing as “too much” in spiritual growth”: link 1, link 2 (audio)
  • R Aharon Kahn discusses the view of the Ramban in the delay of the building of the Beis HaMikdash: link (audio)
  • R Baruch Simon delves into the meaning of Achus Amitis versus Achdus Kozeves: link (audio)
  • R Dovid Gottlieb and R Daniel Z. Feldman analyze the probation of Machlokes: link 1 (audio),link 2 (audio)
  • R Asher Weiss explores Mitzvah HaBaah BAveirah and Shlichus BMitzvos:
    link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • R Jeffrey Sacks learns Shemoneh Prakim:
    link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio), link 4 (audio), link 5 (audio), link 6 (audio), link 7 (audio), link 8 (audio), link 9 (audio), link 10 (audio), link 11 (audio), link 12 (audio), link 13 (audio), link 14 (audio), link 15 (audio)
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