With My Feet Firmly Planted D'var Torah - Parashat Korach, Written for Schechter Westchester Ma Nishma e-newsletter
The Torah tells us very little about Korach beyond that 250 Israelites rose up against Moses and Aaron saying they (Moses and Aaron) had gone too far. Korach, the leader of this uprising, was a person with great potential for leadership. Among other things, he possessed a natural ability and charisma. How else do you explain the fact that he had “chieftains of the community, chosen in the assembly, men of repute” among his followers? (Numbers 16:2)
So what did Korach do wrong?
In Judaism, each day begins at sundown of the previous day. Shabbat, being no different, begins Friday evening. I love those moments - as rushed as they may be or as serene as we strive to make them - that escort us into Shabbat. We begin Shabbat by lighting candles (2 in our home) and by doing so we add a measure of spirit that I believe comes from God and those around us. I hope these words help you as they have helped me.