The Torah Revealed: Talmudic Masters Unveil the Secrets of the Bible

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Torah Portion
Korach
Numbers 16:1–18:32

KORACH's REBELLION

(16:1) Korach son of Yitzhar son of Kehat and great-grandson of Levi took [the right to himself] together with Datan and Abiram, sons of Eliav, and On son of Pelet, sons of Reuben.


The Talmud Teaches

Korach … took What did he take? Resh Lakish said: He took— that is, he made—a bad deal for himself (Sanhedrin 109b).

NOTE: According to the Midrash, the wealthy Korach spent a great deal of money to bribe and wine and dine his fellow conspirators in an attempt to make them join his rebellion. It turned out to be a very bad investment.

(16:4) When Moses heard, he fell on his face.


The Talmud Teaches

When Moses heard What news did Moses hear that caused him to fall on his face? R. Shmuel b. Nachmani said: He heard that the people suspected him of adultery, as it says “They forewarned their wives concerning Moses in the camp” (Psalms 106:16). This teaches us that every husband formally warned his wife against secluding herself with Moses because they suspected their wives of committing adultery with him. And so it

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