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  • Korach (5768) – Arguments for the Sake of Heaven

    The Korach rebellion was the worst of many in the wilderness years. It involved senior figures – Korach himself, a member of Moses’ tribe, together with leading Reubenites, and 250 others, “well known community leaders.” So grave was it that… read more

  • Korach (5772) – The Leader as Servant

    Korach had a point. “You have gone too far! The whole community is holy, every one of them, and the Lord is with them. Why then do you set yourselves above the Lord’s assembly?” (Num. 16: 3). At the heart… read more

  • Korach (5769) – A Lesson in Conflict Resolution

    The Korach rebellion was the single most dangerous challenge to Moses’ leadership during the forty years that he led the people through the wilderness. The precise outline of events is difficult to follow, probably because the events themselves were tumultuous… read more

  • Korach (5773) – Power versus Influence

    The Korach rebellion was an unholy alliance of individuals and groups unhappy with Moses’ leadership. There was Korach himself, a member of the tribe of Levi, angry (according to Rashi) that he had not been given a more prominent role.… read more

  • Korach (5771) – Taking It Personally

    When we read the story of Korach, our attention tends to be focused on the rebels. We don’t give as much reflection as we might to the response of Moses. Was it right? Was it wrong? It’s a complex story.… read more

  • Korach (5770) – Leadership As Service

    If you seek to understand an accusation, look at the accuser, not the accused. Think, for example, about one of the most famous of anti-Semitic myths: The Protocols of the Elders of Zion (the classic account is Norman Cohn’s Warrant… read more

  • Korach (5774) – Servant Leadership

    “You have gone too far! The whole community are holy, every one of them, and the Lord is with them. Why then do you set yourselves above God’s congregation?” (Num. 16: 3). What exactly was wrong in what Korach and… read more

  • Beha’alotcha (5774) – Power or Influence?

    There is a lovely moment in this week’s parsha that shows Moses at the height of his generosity as a leader. It comes after one of his deepest moments of despair. The people, as is their wont, have been complaining,… read more

  • Pinchas (5768) – The Crown Everyoone Can Wear

    Midrash is, among other things, the ability to listen to the Torah’s silences. Sometimes they contain great dramas. What is the meaning of Abraham’s silence as he rides for three days with Isaac, toward the mountain and the great trial?… read more

  • Naso (5774) – The Politics of Envy

    Few things in the Torah are more revolutionary than its conception of leadership. Ancient societies were hierarchical. The masses were poor and prone to hunger and disease. They were usually illiterate. They were used by rulers as a means to… read more